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April 14, 2013

Traylor-Wolff no longer public defender

Job taken away amidst formal charges.

LOGANSPORT — Lisa Traylor-Wolff is no longer a public defender, in the midst of formal charges that banned her from judicial office and suspended her law license.

Traylor-Wolff, who was a senior judge and a Cass County public defender, received the sentence Monday after she had reportedly had a romantic relationship with a client while he was incarcerated in the Miami County Jail. Bob Murray, one of the heads of public defenders in Cass County, said Traylor-Wolff is not a public defender, but he would not comment on when she was replaced and who took her place.

Under the settlement agreement with the Indiana Supreme Court, Traylor-Wolff’s license was suspended for 45 days and then will be reinstated if she has followed the terms of her two-year probation. If she has violated her probation after 45 days, her law license will be suspended for the remainder of one year.

Murray would not comment on who replaced Traylor-Wolff as one of the county’s six public defenders or when that change took place.

“Part of the freedom of speech is that you don’t have to comment,” Murray said.

Attorney Mark Leeman said he was hired as a public defender March 15 to work on juvenile cases, appeals and some felonies.

However, he said he’s not sure if he directly took over the cases Traylor-Wolff was working on.

“I think that that’s not really clear,” Leeman said.

Cass County Commissioner President Dave Arnold said the commissioners have a contract with Murray and Sheryl Pherson, who also is in charge of the public defenders. He said they are authorized to hire or replace public defenders.

Pherson could not be reached for comment.

However, Arnold said their contract stipulates that the public defenders have to be “in good standing with the law.”

“Their licenses have to be current, and they have to be in good standing with the law,” Arnold said.

Caitlin Huston is a staff reporter of the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5148 or caitlin.huston@pharostribune.com.

 

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