December 28, 2010
The Indiana Supreme Court imposed a 30 day suspension with automatic reinstatement for misconduct in a domestic relations matter. The court found that the attorney had engaged in an improper ex parte communication with a judicial officer.
The attorney was retained by the wife. The issue related to the husband's efforts to obtain entry to property that had been sold at a tax sale to remove personal items. The attorney also had altered a document and, as a result, exposed the husband to possible arrest.
Justice Sullivan dissented and would impose a suspension of 90 days. (Mike Frisch)
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