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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Ind. courts - Two Lake County attorneys, one a legislator, one imprisoned, disciplined by Supreme Court

"High court rebukes Sen. Randolph for misconduct as attorney" is the headline to this Friday story by Bill Dolan in the NWI Times. Some quotes:

EAST CHICAGO | The Indiana Supreme Court publicly reprimanded state Sen. Lonnie Randolph recently for professional misconduct as an attorney. * * *

The high court published an order stating Randolph failed to ably represent a client, charged the client an unreasonable fee and delayed refunding part it.

The order states an unidentified man serving a prison term for drug dealing hired Randolph to file a petition to shorten the man's sentence. Randolph billed the man's family $5,000.

The court states Randolph should have known sentence modification wasn't possible in the man's case and when the man demanded a refund, Randolph refused until an appeals court ordered him to repay the man $3,500.

The court order said Randolph has agreed to the public reprimand. It privately reprimanded him earlier.

Randolph, 64, graduated from East Chicago Roosevelt High School in 1968 and received a law degree from John Marshall Law School in Chicago. He served as a state senator from 1992 to 1998, then as city judge. He ran unsuccessfully for mayor and was again elected to the state Senate in 2008.

Here is the 2-page, 5-0, Sept. 5th Supreme Court order.

"Imprisoned Gary lawyer stripped of law license" is the heading to this brief Times story - some quotes:

The Indiana Supreme Court has stripped a former Gary attorney of his law license for attempting to kill a man in a motorcycle gang feud.

The high court suspended Jerry "Angel" Peteet from the practice of law this month in a preliminary move that could result in his permanent disbarment.

Peteet, 50, who was a trial lawyer for 23 years, is serving a 23-year prison term for his conviction this spring on conspiracy and racketeering charges he attempted to murder Robert Taylor.

Taylor was shot May 28, 2009, in a parking lot outside the now-shuttered Bennigan's Grill and Tavern in Gary during wide-ranging clash between rival gangs.

Here is the 1-page, 5-0, Sept. 6th Supreme Court order. This Gary Post-Tribune story from April 24th reported that:
Another Chicago-area man — former Gary, Ind., criminal defense attorney Jerry L. Peteet — was also sentenced Tuesday to 23 years in prison for his participation in the biker gang.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on September 15, 2013 07:17 PM
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