These facts piqued my interest. So I looked for more facts about what Drook did that landed him in such hot water. Here's a Marion Chronicle-Tribune article I found embedded in the comment section of a website:
A Marion attorney has been charged with two counts of trafficking with an inmate after police say he brought items to accused murderer Scott Pattison, who is incarcerated in the Wabash County Jail.Okay, the attorney made a bad decision to, at the request of the inmate's mother, bring gum as well as "gummy worms" to the inmate. But what I and every attorney in the state should be alarmed about is the classification of "correspondence" and other documents as "contraband" by the Grant County Sheriff that has to be reviewed and approved in advance. As an attorney, I've visited inmates at several jail and prison facilities throughout the state. I have never been to a facility where I had not been searched because I am an attorney and I don't understand the Sheriff's policy not to search attorneys. But I have also never had to tell authorities what documents I have for my client and allow them to review them in advance. That's never been a requirement in any prison I have visited and this is just a jail containing pre-trial detainees. (Note: Prisons are allowed to take much stricter policies than jails which generally house people not yet convicted.) I would be alarmed by such a requirement that could definitely intrude on attorney-client confidentiality. Additionally, although the story treats the exchange of documents between Drook and his client as something sinister, the exchange of documents between an attorney visiting an inmate is an everyday occurrence.
Jerry Drook, 46, Marion, was charged with the two Class A misdemeanors Tuesday in Wabash County Superior Court. According to court documents, an initial hearing is set for 1 p.m. Dec. 14. Drook hadn’t been arrested as of Thursday afternoon.
Attorney Drook was charged with taking "gummy worms,"
gum and documents to an inmate. Picture is of gummy worms.
After the meeting, detectives read Drook his Miranda Warnings and interviewed him. According to court documents, Drook said he didn’t know he couldn’t bring Pattison candy. He said he did have a package of gum, but that Pattison must have taken it off the table. Pattison told police the gum was from his mother, who’d given it to Drook to bring to him. Though inmates and other visitors are subject to searches, jail staff in Grant County don’t search attorneys because they’re trusted to not bring in contraband, Himelick said.