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Thursday, July 09, 2015

Ind. Decisions - Supreme Court issues disciplinary opinion today, re South Bend attorney convicted of distributing pseudoephedrine

In In the Matter of: Tenneil E. Selner, a 3-page, 4-1 per curiam opinion, the Court writes:

We find that Respondent, Tenneil Selner, engaged in attorney misconduct by unlawfully distributing pseudoephedrine. For this misconduct, we conclude that Respondent should be suspended from the practice of law in this state for at least three years without automatic reinstatement. * * *

On September 12, 2012, Respondent was indicted in federal court on three counts involving the manufacture of methamphetamine. On October 4, 2013, Respondent pled guilty to one count of unlawful distribution of pseudoephedrine and the other two counts were dismissed. In her factual basis, Respondent admitted purchasing pseudoephedrine four times at different drug stores and then providing the pseudoephedrine to two other individuals, allowing those individuals to evade the identification statutes governing the purchase of pseudoephedrine. Respondent was sentenced to twenty-one months of imprisonment and two years of subsequent probation. * * *

The Court concludes that Respondent violated the Indiana Rules of Professional Conduct by unlawfully distributing pseudoephedrine. Respondent already is under an order of interim suspension in this cause and a separate suspension order for dues nonpayment and continuing legal education noncompliance. For Respondent’s professional misconduct, the Court suspends Respondent from the practice of law in this state for a period of not less than three years, without automatic reinstatement, effective from the date of this opinion. * * *

Rush, C.J., and Rucker, David, and Massa, JJ., concur.

Dickson, J., dissents, and would reject the Conditional Agreement, believing that the Respondent, by engaging in conduct resulting in her conviction of a serious felony, has demonstrated unfitness to responsibly represent, advise, and serve future clients.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on July 9, 2015 04:02 PM
Posted to Ind. Sup.Ct. Decisions