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Thursday, February 25, 2021

Former Johnson County Prosecutor Beats His Girlfriend But Might Get their Law License Back

In addition to avoiding jail time for beating and confining his then girlfriend, former Johnson County Indiana Prosecutor Bradley Cooper may someday practice law again in Indiana. On February 3rd, 2021 WISH-TV reported on Cooper’s law license suspension:

Bradley Cooper, the former Johnson County prosecutor, has had his law license suspended for four years by the Indiana Supreme Court.

Cooper avoided jail time with a plea agreement in 2019 after brutally beating and confining his girlfriend. He also stole her cell phone and pretended to be her in messages, then conducted media interviews where he accused her of attacking him.

The attack happened in March 2019. He agreed to plea guilty the following month and was sentenced in June 2019.

We read the copy of the Supreme Courts decision to not permanently disbar Cooper from the practice of law. The decision reads like typical bullshit reasoning to avoid fully holding a former public official accountable for his actions. This part is particularly interesting as to why the court decided to show some undeserved leniency to Cooper: 

 “Respondent has taken meaningful and substantial steps to address his alcohol use disorder and anger management issues. Respondent also has accepted responsibility in both his criminal and disciplinary proceedings for his deplorable acts, he has been compliant with the terms of his criminal probation, and his testimony at the final hearing reflects a degree of insight and remorse that distinguishes him, however modestly, from some other similarly-situated respondents.”

“ While these after-the-fact measures do not mitigate the misconduct itself, which was reprehensible, they do point to Respondent’s potential for rehabilitation and narrowly persuade us that the door to Respondent’s legal career should not be permanently and irrevocably closed.”

Or in plain English the court is saying: “Yes Cooper is a scumbag, who we should throw the book at. But because he hasn’t beaten or confined anyone else forcibly in two years, and because  he was a county prosecutor we will invent a totally bullshit reason to let him possibly practice law again. Seeing as how he is part of the good old boy network.”

As Gary Welsh used to say: “Sometimes justice works in mysterious ways.”

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson Is Calling It Quits

Secretary of State Connie Lawson 

Yesterday the Indianapolis Business Journal reported that Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson has announced she will be resigning from her office in the near future.

The IBJ reported

Lawson did not specify an exact date when she would step down but said the resignation would take place when Gov. Eric Holcomb “selects a successor and the successor is ready to serve.”

Lawson, 71, is the longest-serving secretary of state in Indiana history. She was appointed to the office by then-Gov. Mitch Daniels in March 2012 and was elected in 2014 and 2018.

“I have dedicated the last 32 years of my life to public service,” Lawson said in written remarks. “I have served with all of my heart and soul. It has been an honor to serve, but it is time for me to step down. Like many Hoosiers, 2020 took a toll on me. I am resigning so I can focus on my health and my family.”

Prior to becoming secretary of state, Lawson served in the Indiana Senate for 16 years. In 2006, she was selected as the first woman to serve as majority floor leader in the Senate.

Before joining the Indiana Senate, Lawson served as clerk of the Hendricks County Circuit Court for eight years.

The article goes onto mention that Lawson has not given an exact timeframe as to when she will be resigning. Governor Eric Holcomb showered Lawson with so much excessive praise you would think he was talking about Saint Mary:

“Indiana’s own Iron Lady, Secretary of State Connie Lawson, has long defined what true public service and leadership is and ought to be all about,” he said. “Throughout her time in county, legislative and statewide office, she set the standard for commitment, composure, class and credibility. No matter the year or issues of the day, citizens could bank on Connie Lawson leading the way and inspiring others to follow.

“A trailblazer, holder of state records, even serving alongside three Governors as Secretary of State, through it all, Connie has remained universally respected by veterans and the next generation alike.”

Not everyone would agree with the praise heaped on Lawson by Governor Holcomb. We have previously made mention of Lawson’s ethical and possible legal shortcomings. Needless to say Lawson is not the most ethical woman around. There are rumors swirling as to who Holcomb might appoint to replace Lawson.

The names we have heard so far thrown around are: Brandon Clifton who is Lawson’s chief of staff and deputy Secretary of State. Pacers Vice President Danny Lopez. And former congressional candidate and employee of the Secretary of State’s office. We have heard a few other names but these are the ones that stand out the most. If any of you out there have any insights or ideas as to what is driving Lawson’s resignation or who her replacement will be than contact us by email at 6vwts@notsharingmy.info, reach out to us on Twitter at @IndyRepublicanX, or fill out the contact form on the right side of the webpage of the blog.

Goodnight everyone and God Bless You All!