INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The state commission that oversees judicial conduct filed disciplinary charges Monday against a northern Indiana lawyer who’s also a part-time judge, accusing her of having an inappropriate relationship with a client while she was his public defender.
The Indiana Commission on Judicial Qualifications accused Logansport attorney Lisa Traylor-Wolff with engaging in “sexual relations” with a client, violating the rules of professional conduct of an attorney and of violating the code of judicial conduct that requires a judge to promote confidence in the integrity of the judiciary and to avoid impropriety.
Traylor-Wolff declined to comment on the charges.
The charges say Traylor-Wolff was appointed on Sept. 6, 2011, to be the public defender for a 26-year-old accused of burglary, robbery and felony confinement. The disciplinary charges don’t name the man, but give the initials S.W. and the case number. Court records indicate it is a man named Scott Wampler of Peru, who was sentenced to 30 years in prison.
The disciplinary charges say Traylor-Wolff continued to represent Wampler as he appealed his conviction and developed a more personal relationship with him, giving him books, making cash deposits to his prison account, sending him personal emails and completing a Bible study with him.