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Friday, March 08, 2013

Ind. Courts - Supreme Court suspends deputy prosecutor

Although it has not, as of this writing, been posted on the Court list of disciplinary actions, the Muncie Star-Press report is this morning, in a long story by Douglas Walker, that begins:

MUNCIE — A veteran local attorney has been suspended from the practice of law for three years.

The Indiana Supreme Court this week announced the suspension of Louis W. Denney, 65, who has been both a deputy prosecutor and a public defender in recent decades.

Denney has been on Delaware County Prosecutor Jeffrey Arnold’s staff since January 2011, and also was a deputy for some of Arnold’s predecessors as prosecutor, including Richard Reed.

“As a deputy prosecutor, Lou has done a great job,” Arnold said Thursday. “It’s a shame that this has to come now.”

The attorney’s suspension, for what the Supreme Court called “professional misconduct,” stemmed from cases in which Denney acted as a defense attorney.

A complaint filed by the Supreme Court’s disciplinary commission consisted of nine counts alleging misconduct between 2003 and 2010. A hearing officer who heard two days of testimony about the allegations later submitted a 56-page report to the Supreme Court.

There is much more in the story.

A check of the new Roll of Attorneys revealed this CCR, that concludes:

FOR RESPONDENT'S PROFESSIONAL MISCONDUCT, THE COURT SUSPENDS RESPONDENT FROM THE PRACTICE OF LAW IN THIS STATE FOR A PERIOD NOT NOT LESS THAN THREE YEARS, WITHOUT AUTOMATIC REINSTATEMENT, BEGINNING APRIL 15, 2013. * * *

BRENT E. DICKSON, CHIEF JUSTICE

ALL JUSTICES CONCUR, EXCEPT RUCKER, J., WHO DISSENTS IN PART AND WOULD IMPOSE A ONE-YEAR SUSPENSION WITHOUT AUTOMATIC REINSTATEMENT, AS RECOMMENDED BY THE HEARING OFFICER;
AND DAVID, J., WHO DISSENTS IN PART AND WOULD DISBAR RESPONDENT.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on March 8, 2013 11:23 AM
Posted to Ind. Sup.Ct. Decisions