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In the Matter of Max K. Walker, Jr.

597 N.E.2d 1271 (1992)

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In the Matter of Max K. Walker, Jr.

Indiana Supreme Court

597 N.E.2d 1271 (1992)

Facts

Attorney Max Walker (defendant) represented a woman in her divorce and developed a personal relationship with her. Five years later, when Walker worked part-time as a practitioner and part-time as the county’s chief deputy prosecuting attorney, Walker went to the woman’s home after consuming alcohol and argued with her about their deteriorating relationship. Walker straddled the woman, slapped her, hit her in the face, and pushed her young daughter. Local press reported on the incident. Walker was charged in a disciplinary complaint with violating Rule 8.4 of the rules of professional conduct. Walker argued that he did not engage in professional misconduct because the physical fight was the culmination of an adult relationship and arose instantaneously after provocation.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Per curiam)

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