Monday, September 12, 2016
Ind. Decisions - "Local public defender’s law license suspended 60 days"
A public defender serving in Bartholomew Superior Court 1 has been disciplined by the Indiana Supreme Court for failing to follow through on three sentencing appeals for criminal defendants.
In a decision signed by Chief Justice Loretta H. Rush, Columbus attorney James A. Shoaf has been ordered to serve a 60-day suspension from practicing law beginning Oct. 6. * * *
Shoaf is one of three public defenders working in Superior Court 2. Records show the case load he was assigned was as large as 384 defendants in 2011, Superior Court Judge Kitty Coriden said. The judge said that the number of cases involving those defendants may be much higher, perhaps as high as 500, as some individuals had multiple cases assigned to Shoaf.
Coriden described Shoaf as being exceptionally responsible in making sure that there will be no break in how his cases are covered while he is on suspension.
The judge said Shoaf has done an exceptionally good job as public defender and his job as a public defender is waiting for him the minute his suspension is over.
Shoaf was to receive a flat fee payment of $2,000 for appeals from sentencing orders, according to the Supreme Court order. * * *
Shoaf did not respond to a request for an interview from The Republic.
Posted by Marcia Oddi on September 12, 2016 09:52 AM
Posted to Ind. Sup.Ct. Decisions