Alas, more stories of scummy prosecutors and their evil deeds. How about this Washington County prosecutor suspended for stealing a defense attorney's notes It's true!
Washington County Prosecutor Cynthia L. Winkler was suspended from practicing law for 120 days over a dispute that began when a chief deputy prosecutor tore a page of notes from a defense attorney's pad during a court hearing. According to the charges filed with the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission, Winkler and Chief Deputy Blaine Goode admitted Goode had taken the page of notes during a February 2003 trial without the defense attorney's knowledge, purportedly to secure a writing sample from the defendant. Goode got a 60-day suspension.
The pair failed to reveal they had the paper when the defense team was searching for it. The defense lawyer later spotted it under Winkler's file folder. Winkler and Goode said in court papers they wanted to compare the man's writing with that on a recipe for methamphetamine that was being used as evidence in his drug case.
The Goode News...the two will return to the prosecutors office after their suspensions.
Here's the decision: