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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Ind. Decisions - "Sniadecki avoids jail in forgery case"

Updating a long list of earlier ILB entries on disbarred attorney Rod Sniadecki, Madeline Buckley reports today for the South Bend Tribune in a story that begins:

MISHAWAKA -- A disbarred attorney convicted of forging documents to keep his practice afloat during a suspension will not serve time in jail.

In a plea for a suspended sentence, Rod Sniadecki, 47, told the judge Wednesday morning that he and his family have suffered financially and emotionally.

St. Joseph Circuit Court Magistrate Larry Ambler sentenced Sniadecki to four years each for his three Class C felony forgery convictions, to be served concurrently.

But Ambler suspended the jail sentence, meaning he will only serve the time if he gets into further legal trouble. The judge also ordered that two of the four years be served on non-reporting probation.

Ambler did not impose a fine.

"You have gone from a lawyer to a cobbler," Ambler said.

St. Joseph County deputy prosecutor Micah Cox asked the judge to impose a jail sentence, arguing that as an attorney, Sniadecki had a crucial obligation to uphold the law.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on December 11, 2013 12:32 PM
Posted to Ind. Trial Ct. Decisions