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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Ind. Decisions - News reports of yesterday's two disciplinary opinions

Updating this ILB post from yesterday, "Muncie attorney Michael J. "Mick" Alexander's law license suspended 60 days" is the Muncie Star-Press headline this morning to a story reported by Douglas Walker. One of the incidents occurred during a 2003 trial, the other:

... alleged Alexander violated professional standards in 2005 when he hired ex-lawyer Bruce McLaren — who had surrendered his law license in 2003 after being indicted by a federal grand jury — to work on his office staff.

“I thought (McLaren) could legally do (research work),” Alexander said at the February hearing. “He was really good at it... I did not hide this in any way. * * *

In listing mitigating factors, Chief Justice Dickson wrote that Alexander “took corrective steps” regarding McLaren’s employment, and “has expressed regret and embarrassment regarding his misconduct.”

A “substantial fact in aggravation,” the chief justice wrote, was Alexander’s disciplinary history, consisting of public reprimands from the Supreme Court in 1987 and 2002, and a private reprimand in 1996.

"Indianapolis attorney suspended 30 days for judge comments" is the headline to Tim Evans' Indianapolis Star story today on the Paul Ogden disciplinary order. (See ILB posts here and here.) The story begins:
The Indiana Supreme Court has suspended Indianapolis attorney and outspoken political blogger Paul Ogden for 30 days for violating rules of professional conduct when he criticized a Hendricks County judge.

The decision, dated June 16 and posted on the court's website Wednesday, was a victory of sorts for Ogden, whose law license will be automatically reinstated at the end of his suspension.

The Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission had requested a one-year suspension, without automatic reinstatement, which can be a death knell for attorneys.

The Supreme Court also found the disciplinary commission had failed to prove four other allegations of misconduct by Ogden, who has written critically about the commission and its executive secretary on his blog, Ogden on Politics.

"I won on 80 percent of it, so I'm 80 percent happy," Ogden said Wednesday. "I really appreciate the work the Supreme Court did in keeping an open mind."

Posted by Marcia Oddi on June 19, 2014 10:27 AM
Posted to Ind. Sup.Ct. Decisions