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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Ind. Courts - "Defense lawyer can't reach ex-attorney"

The ILB has had a number of stories referencing former Indiana law blogger E. Thomas Kemp, Richmond, both from before and after his legal troubles.

As I wrote in 2014: Kemp, Doug Masson, and I all started blogging at about the same time, over ten years ago. A link to Kemp's blog, KEMPlog, used to appear in the right-hand column of the ILB, as an Indiana resource, but I removed it a number of years ago because it appeared to be moribund. (The ILB still links to Masson's blog.) Here is an ILB reference to Kemp's blog, from 2006.

Today Jason Truitt reports in a long story the Richmond Palladium-Item that begins:

With his trial just about a month away, a former Wayne County attorney has stopped responding to his defense lawyer, leading to a court order that he appear for a meeting Wednesday in Superior Court II.

E. Thomas Kemp, 49, of Greens Fork, has a trial scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on June 20 in front of Judge J. Steven Cox of Franklin County Circuit Court No. 1. Cox was appointed as a special judge in the case after Judge Gregory Horn recused himself because of Kemp's former work as a Wayne County public defender.

The Wayne County Prosecutor's Office filed 10 Class D felony theft charges against Kemp on Aug. 14. He is accused of mishandling money in a trust fund in one count and of accepting money without performing any legal services in the nine other counts.

Last week, the prosecutor's office added nine misdemeanor counts of criminal conversion to the list of charges. The dates and listed victims for those nine counts match nine of the 10 theft charges Kemp already faced.

Also last week, Chief Deputy Prosecutor William Hoelscher filed a request for a status conference. Hoelscher's motion said he had been in negotiations with Kemp's defense attorney, Nathaniel Connor, "in an attempt to resolve the pending charges against the Defendant and/or determine if the Defendant in this matter wishes to proceed to trial."

The hangup with those discussions was the fact that Connor had been unable to contact Kemp by telephone despite repeated attempts since May 3, according to Hoelscher's motion.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on May 24, 2016 01:25 PM
Posted to Indiana Courts