Justices suspend law license of former Gary city attorney

2013-06-19T17:36:00Z 2013-06-19T20:16:03Z Justices suspend law license of former Gary city attorneyBy Dan Carden dan.carden@nwi.com, (317) 637-9078 nwitimes.com

INDIANAPOLIS | The law license of Gary's former city attorney has been suspended by the Indiana Supreme Court for at least six months, effective July 30, following multiple violations of the state's rules for attorneys.

In a 5-0 decision, the high court determined attorney Carl C. Jones, of Gary, violated professional conduct standards in 2007 when, prior to his employment as Gary city attorney, he had passed a letter to a jailed client that contained an offer from the client's girlfriend to falsely testify about an alibi for the client.

Jones was convicted in 2010 of misdemeanor trafficking with an inmate after admitting he brought the letter to his client, according to court records.

He resigned from the Gary city attorney's office in October 2011.

The Supreme Court, which regulates attorney behavior, said Jones' actions violated professional rules prohibiting attorneys from committing a criminal act that reflects adversely on a lawyer's honesty, trustworthiness or fitness and engaging in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation.

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