In re Daley, 021419 INSC, 19S-DI-40

Docket Nº:19S-DI-40
Opinion Judge:Loretta H. Rush, Chief Justice
Party Name:In the Matter of: Matthew V. Daley, Respondent
Case Date:February 14, 2019
Court:Supreme Court of Indiana
 
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In the Matter of: Matthew V. Daley, Respondent

No. 19S-DI-40

Supreme Court of Indiana

February 14, 2019

PUBLISHED ORDER APPROVING STATEMENT OF CIRCUMSTANCES AND CONDITIONAL AGREEMENT FOR DISCIPLINE

Loretta H. Rush, Chief Justice

Pursuant to Indiana Admission and Discipline Rule 23(12.1)(b), the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission and Respondent have submitted for approval a "Statement of Circumstances and Conditional Agreement for Discipline" stipulating agreed facts and proposed discipline as summarized below.

Stipulated Facts: JB and KW committed various crimes, including burglary of a home. JB was arrested first and told police of KW's involvement. Respondent was appointed as JB's public defender. JB told Respondent a co-defendant was involved and that JB wanted to serve as a witness for the prosecution. Respondent did not read the probable cause affidavit in JB's case (which identified JB and KW as co-defendants) or otherwise seek to identify JB's co-defendant.

KW was arrested about two months later and was appointed a public defender. However, Respondent agreed to privately represent KW and accepted $1, 450 as a partial retainer. Respondent instructed his paralegal to file an appearance and other documents on KW's behalf, but the paralegal did not do so and Respondent failed to supervise his paralegal to ensure the various documents were filed. KW did not mention a co-defendant during his initial meeting with Respondent, and the probable cause affidavit in KW's case identified JB only by a nickname.

Following a pretrial conference in KW's case, Respondent was confronted with the fact he was representing both JB and KW as co-defendants. Upon learning this, Respondent immediately sought to withdraw his representation of both JB and KW, refunded the partial retainer that had been paid on KW's behalf, and...

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