Commission asks state Supreme Court to make public AG Rokita's disciplinary agreement
Indiana’s attorney disciplinary commission says Attorney General Todd Rokita “flouted the authority” of the state Supreme Court with comments he made about the public reprimand he received earlier this year.
The commission is asking the court to take an “extraordinary” step and make public Rokita’s confidential disciplinary agreement.
The Indiana Supreme Court approved an agreement in November between the attorney disciplinary commission and Rokita that said he committed misconduct.
The discipline stemmed from comments made by the attorney general about Dr. Caitlin Bernard after she publicly discussed providing abortion care to a 10-year-old Ohio rape victim.
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The disciplinary commission said those comments call into question Rokita’s sincerity and damage public perception of the attorney discipline system’s “integrity and justness.”
It said publicly releasing the agreement and the affidavit that goes with it – which Rokita signed – will help restore public faith “that lawyers cannot manipulate the discipline system.”
The next step in the process allows Rokita to respond to the commission’s request. If the request moves forward from there, the Supreme Court would hold a public hearing before making a decision.
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