|Executive Secretary |
I would like to see the Indiana Supreme Court take a good hard look at how these two judicial agencies spend our annual dues, particularly the Disciplinary Commission. During my disciplinary trial on June 30th, the Commission had at least six staff members present during my 11 1/2 hour trial. At the hearing, the Commission had accumulated boxes of "evidence" regarding my supposed transgressions, i.e. emails criticizing a judge and a letter to Marion County judges outlining the procedure to be followed on divvying up civil forfeiture assets between government entities. Last week, the Disciplinary Commission filed four documents, a total of 54 pages on my case.
While the Commission's Executive Secretary Michael Witte claims the Commission lacked the resources to properly investigate attorney William Conour who was convicted of stealing from his clients, that claim is belied by the fact the Commission has spent enormous resources, including hundreds of hours of staff time, on pursuing my prosecution. Meanwhile the Disciplinary Commission allows convicted felons to practice law without so much as being charged with a single count of misconduct.
It is clear that the priorities of Witte and the members of the Disciplinary Commission are seriously out of whack. The Indiana Supreme Court needs to terminate Witte from his position and appoint an Executive Secretary who will make protecting the public from unethical attorneys the No. 1 responsibility of the Commission.