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Monday, February 25, 2013

Ind. Courts - Disciplinary charges filed against senior judge [Updated]

The Supreme Court press office has announced:

The Indiana Commission on Judicial Qualifications has filed disciplinary charges against Lisa Traylor-Wolff, a senior judge serving in Pulaski and Fulton Counties. The charges stem from allegations that Judge Traylor-Wolff had an inappropriate relationship with a criminal defendant she represented.

The charges (attached as downloadable PDF document) are filed in the Appellate Clerk’s Office in Indianapolis by the Commission on Judicial Qualifications. The Commission charges that Judge Traylor-Wolff violated the Code of Conduct. The charges are allegations—only the five members of the Supreme Court can determine what, if any, allegations are true. * * *

The charges center on allegations that Judge Traylor-Wolff had a physically intimate relationship with a twenty-six-year-old client that she represented. Traylor-Wolff was appointed to represent a defendant on felony charges. The defendant was eventually convicted and sentenced to the Department of Correction (DOC). Traylor-Wolff continued representing the client on appeal. The Commission alleges she began a romantic relationship with the client while representing him. The Commission also alleges inappropriate conduct occurred when Traylor-Wolff and the client were in an attorney-client visitation room at the Miami Correctional Facility.

Traylor-Wolff, who did not ask to be recertified as a senior judge in 2013, faces a total of three charges of violating the Code of Judicial Conduct. * * *

Judge Traylor-Wolff has the opportunity to file what is called an “Answer” to the charges. That Answer must be filed with the Appellate Clerk within twenty days of receiving notice of the charges. After the Answer is filed, or when twenty days has passed, the Indiana Supreme Court will appoint three Masters to conduct a public hearing.

[Updated at 2:50 PM] WRTV6 adds this information about Ms. Traylor-Wolff.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on February 25, 2013 01:25 PM
Posted to Indiana Courts