Judge accused of affair with inmate


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Have you ever encountered a judge that seemed a little too excited about sentencing you to prison?

An Indiana part-time judge is accused of sleeping with an inmate, Ninemsn reported. But, to be fair, she wasn't the judge in charge of his case. Lisa Traylor-Wolff, 52, also works as a defense lawyer. The inmate in question is her 26-year-old client.

The Indiana Supreme Court accuses her of having a “physically intimate relationship" with the client that she had been appointed to represent, the Indianapolis Star reported. She declined to comment to the paper. But if the allegation is true, it would be a violation of the Code of Conduct that applies to judges. 

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Traylor-Wolff was representing the defendant on felony charges. The inmate was eventually convicted, and Traylor-Wolff continued representing him on appeal.  “The commission alleges she began a romantic relationship with the client while representing him. The commission also alleges inappropriate conduct occurred when Traylor-Wolff and the client were in an attorney-client visitation room at the Miami Correctional Facility," the court said in a statement to the Indy Star.

Traylor-Wolff is formally accused of violating four rules of professional conduct, including having sex with a client and "undermining the integrity of the position of judge," the New York Daily News reported. If found guilty, she could be banned for life from being a judge in Indianapolis.