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Judge Lisa Traylor-Wolff, 52, Accused of Having Sexual Relationship with 26-Year-Old Inmate

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A 52-year-old Indiana judge faces professional misconduct charges after allegedly having sex with an inmate who was half her age in a prison interview room.

Lisa Traylor-Wolff is a part-time senior judge in two northern Indiana counties and also works as a defense lawyer. She has not asked for her judgeship to be renewed for 2013

The Indiana Commission on Judicial Qualifications says Traylor-Wolff began having a ‘physically intimate relationship with a 26-year-old client’ that was represented in private practice. The relationship allegedly continued long after he was sentenced to prison. Traylor-Wolff represented him as he appealed the conviction.

The commission also found that she had ‘inappropriate contact’ with the young man while being held in an attorney-client meeting room at the Miami Correctional Facility in Peru, Indiana. 

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Traylor-Wolff has 20 days to file a response and after that, the case goes to the Indiana Supreme Court.

She formerly served as a Superior Court judge in Pulaski County and was the head of her county’s Bar Association. 

Traylor-Wolff is formally accused of violating four rules of professional conduct. This includes restrictions that prohibit a lawyer from having sexual relations with a client, restricts a lawyer from representing a client if there is a significant risk that the representation will be materially limited by a personal interest of the lawyer, requires a judge to promote confidence in the integrity of the judiciary and to avoid impropriety.

The former judge is also accused of undermining the independence, integrity and impartiality of a judge.

If Traylor-Wolff is found guilty, the state Supreme Court can bar her from holding judicial office in the state for a time up to and including a lifetime ban. It is unknown whether the Indiana State Bar Association is also investigating the case.

Traylor-Wolff is a graduate from Valparaiso University law school in 1986, which is likely the year her alleged sexual partner was born.

Source: New York Daily News