February 3, 2021

Ex-Prosecutor's Law License Suspended For 4 More Years

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A former central Indiana prosecutor who pleaded guilty in 2019 to charges of criminal confinement, identity deception, official misconduct and domestic battery has lost his law license for four more years.

The Indiana Supreme Court levied the suspension Wednesday against former Johnson County Prosecutor Brad Cooper, who admitted brutally beating and confining his fiance and stealing her cellphone in March 2019.

The court ruled that Cooper narrowly avoided disbarment. His law license has been suspended for nearly two years.

“While these after-the-fact measures do not mitigate the misconduct itself, which was reprehensible, they do point to Respondent’s potential for rehabilitation and narrowly persuade us that the door to Respondent’s legal career should not be permanently and irrevocably closed,” the court's ruling said.

After his guilty pleas, a judge sentenced Cooper to 540 days of probation.

Court records said a woman identified as Cooper’s fiance ran to a neighbor’s Trafalgar home in March with a swollen right eye. She said Cooper had hit her and wouldn’t let her leave.

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