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Disciplinary: Indiana Supreme Court Disbars Indianapolis Attorney
Posted in Litigation

Monday, the Indiana Supreme Court, in this per curiam opinion, disbarred Indianapolis attorney Robert E. Lehman after Lehman pled guilty to one count of willfully making a false tax return.

The Court held that the conduct to which Lehman pled guilty reflected adversely on Lehman’s honesty and trustworthiness, and involved deceit and misrepresentations, violating Rules 8.4(b) and 8.4(c) of Indiana’s Rules of Professional Conduct.  The Supreme Court also considered three prior disciplinary actions that had been brought against Lehman since he was admitted to the Indiana bar in 1977 and the fact that he “neither challenged the hearing officer’s report nor argued any mitigating facts.”

Under these circumstances, Chief Justice Shepard and Justices Boehm and Dickson voted to disbar Lehman, effective immediately.  Justices Sullivan and Rucker concurred with the majority, but would have imposed a three-year suspension without automatic reinstatement, not disbarment.

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