Count 1: Judge Traylor-Wolff violated Rule 1.8(j) of the Rules of Professional Conduct which prohibits a lawyer from having sexual relations with a client.
Count 2: Judge Traylor-Wolff violated Rule 1.7(a)(2) of theRules of Professional Conduct which prohibit a lawyer from representing a client if there is a significant risk that the representation will be materially limited by a personal interest of the lawyer.
Count 3: Judge Traylor-Wolff violated Rule 1.2 of the Code of Judicial Conduct which requires a judge to promote confidence in the integrity of the judiciary and to avoid impropriety. The Commission also alleges she violated Rule 3.1(C) of the Code of Judicial Conduct which prohibits judges from engaging in activities that would appear to undermine the judge’s independence, integrity, or impartiality.
Judge Traylor-Wolff has the opportunity to file what is called an “Answer” to the charges. That Answer must be filed with the Appellate Clerk within twenty days of receiving notice of the charges. After the Answer is filed, or when twenty days has passed, the Indiana Supreme Court will appoint three Masters to conduct a public hearing.
The Commission on Judicial Qualifications is the seven member group that investigates alleged ethical misconduct by judges. The Indiana Supreme Court has final authority over judicial discipline. The Court can dismiss the charges against Judge Traylor-Wolff or it can impose sanctions ranging from a reprimand to a permanent ban on holding a judicial office in Indiana.
To find out who the defendant was and details of their alleged relationship, pick up Tuesday’s Pharos-Tribune.