On Monday, January 15, 2024, the Indiana Supreme Court delivered a decisive order in the case of Matthew C. Maples, officially suspending him from the practice of law within the state.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Matthew C. Maples with Case No. 23S-DI-151.

The Court’s action followed its initial order on June 14, 2023, directing Maples to demonstrate why an immediate suspension should not be imposed due to his failure to cooperate with the ongoing investigation. In response, on June 25, Maples submitted a letter expressing regret for his non-response to the grievance and assuring his commitment to cooperate. However, by December 20 of the same year, the Commission filed a “Request for Ruling and to Tax Costs,” alleging continued noncooperation on Maples’ part, to which he failed to respond.

In light of these developments, the Court, having duly considered the matter, issued an immediate suspension for noncooperation with the Commission. This suspension, effective immediately, is to persist until the Executive Director of the Disciplinary Commission certifies Maples’ full cooperation or until further orders from the Court, provided there are no other concurrent suspensions.

It is pertinent to note that Maples is already under suspension for noncompliance with continuing legal education requirements. Consequently, the Court has mandated Maples to fulfill the ongoing obligations applicable to a suspended attorney, as outlined in Admission and Discipline Rule 23(26).

Furthermore, in accordance with Admission and Discipline Rule 23(10.1)(d), the Court directed Maples to reimburse the Disciplinary Commission the sum of $526.40 to cover the costs incurred during the prosecution of this proceeding.

According to Avvo, Mr. Maples is a criminal defense attorney in Indianapolis, Indiana. He obtained his law license in Indiana in 2014.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.