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Friday, February 05, 2016

Ind. Courts - "Goshen lawyer suspended from practicing law to run for Elkhart Circuit Court judge" [Updated]

So reports Tim Vandenack in this story today in The Elkhart Truth that begins:

GOSHEN — Joseph Lehman, a Goshen attorney suspended by the Indiana Supreme Court from practicing law due to professional misconduct, plans to run for Elkhart County Circuit Court judge.

Lehman couldn’t hold the judge post if elected, because of the suspension. But he said he plans to apply for his Indiana Bar license by Jan. 1, when the new judge takes office. That would meet the legal requirement to hold the spot.

Lehman — found guilty last year on three misdemeanor counts of practicing law by a non-attorney, after his license suspension — cited his 25 years as a private attorney and his familiarity with the local court system.

“I am fit. I am not unfit,” said Lehman, who has run, unsuccessfully, for several judge’s posts in Elkhart County over the years.

See also this Oct. 8, 2015 ILB post headed "Suspended Goshen lawyer fined and held in contempt for practicing while suspended."

[Updated 2/7/16]
From a later Feb. 5th story from reporter Vandenack:
Joe Lehman, would-be candidate for Elkhart Circuit Court judge, did not get the required paperwork in on time to run for the spot in the primary in May and won’t be on the ballot.

Still, the Goshen attorney — a Democrat suspended by the Indiana Supreme Court in 2014 from practicing law due to professional misconduct — plans to vie for the judge’s post.

The filing deadline to get on the May 3 primary ballot was noon Friday. Lehman filed his declaration of candidacy with the Indiana Election Division, part of the Indiana Secretary of State office. But he didn’t provide a receipt from the Indiana Division of State Court Administration indicating he had filed a “statement of economic interest,” which is also required, said Angela Nussmeyer, co-director of the Election Division.

Thus, Nussmeyer said Friday, election officials have rejected Lehman’s application to get on the ballot and will be sending him a letter saying as much.

Lehman, advised of the news later Friday, took the development in stride. “I’ll have the party slate me,” he said, which would secure a spot for him on the Nov. 8 general election ballot.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on February 5, 2016 11:34 AM
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