EAST CHICAGO | The Indiana Supreme Court publicly reprimanded state Sen. Lonnie Randolph recently for professional misconduct as an attorney.
Randolph, who has practiced law in Indiana for more than three decades, declined comment Friday.
The high court published an order stating Randolph failed to ably represent a client, charged the client an unreasonable fee and delayed refunding part it.
The order states an unidentified man serving a prison term for drug dealing hired Randolph to file a petition to shorten the man's sentence. Randolph billed the man's family $5,000.
The court states Randolph should have known sentence modification wasn't possible in the man's case and when the man demanded a refund, Randolph refused until an appeals court ordered him to repay the man $3,500.
The court order said Randolph has agreed to the public reprimand. It privately reprimanded him earlier.
Randolph, 64, graduated from East Chicago Roosevelt High School in 1968 and received a law degree from John Marshall Law School in Chicago. He served as a state senator from 1992 to 1998, then as city judge. He ran unsuccessfully for mayor and was again elected to the state Senate in 2008.