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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Ind. Decisions - Supreme Court suspends former Lake Co. Clerk for 4 years, without automatic reinstatement

In In the Matter of: Thomas R. Philpot, a 3-page, 3-2 per curiam opinion, the Court writes:

We find that Respondent, Thomas Philpot, engaged in attorney misconduct. For this misconduct, we conclude that Respondent should be suspended from the practice of law in this state for at least four years without automatic reinstatement. * * *

In September 2011, Respondent was charged in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana with three counts of mail fraud and two counts of theft from a federally-funded program, all felonies. In August 2012, Respondent was convicted by a jury on all counts. After post-trial proceedings, Respondent was adjudicated guilty on the jury’s verdicts as to two counts of mail fraud and one count of theft. Respondent’s convictions were affirmed on appeal. U.S. v. Philpot, 733 F.3d 734 (7th Cir. 2013), reh’g and reh’g en banc denied. Respondent’s convictions resulted from his use of federal funds to pay himself impermissible bonuses in connection with work he performed in his capacity as the elected Clerk of Lake County, Indiana. ** *

All Justices concur except Rush, C.J., and Dickson, J., who dissent, believing Respondent should be disbarred.

ILB: The ILB has many earlier posts on Mr. Philpot's legal troubles.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on May 19, 2015 01:42 PM
Posted to Ind. Sup.Ct. Decisions