Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

August 21, 2013

Kokomo attorney suspended by state Supreme Court

Dan May accused of grabbing, pushing client.

By Scott Smith Kokomo Tribune
Kokomo Tribune

---- — Kokomo attorney Dan May will be suspended from practicing law for 60 days in connection with a 2011 incident in a Clinton County courtroom.

The Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission issued the suspension Aug. 15, saying May violated two professional conduct rules and his oath of attorney when he allegedly grabbed and pushed a client.

A probable cause affidavit filed in May 2012 by an investigator for the Clinton County prosecutor’s office indicates courtroom video in Clinton Superior Court captured the incident, which happened after a divorce custody hearing.

May’s client, Michael Davis, told investigators May became “extremely mad at him” after a discussion about visitation and had pushed him backward over the railing in front of the jury box. Davis told investigators May was yelling that Davis “better never embarrass him again.”

“Mr. Davis stated that he kept trying to leave … and Attorney May told Mr. Davis he was not going to leave until he was done with him.” The victim alleged he was suffering back pain due to the incident.

In October, prosecutors allowed May to enter pre-trial diversion on a misdemeanor battery charge, which will be dismissed if May complies with conditions set by the court.

May’s suspension starts Sept. 27. He did not return a call seeking comment Tuesday.

Scott Smith can be reached at 765-454-8569 or at scott.smith@kokomotribune.com.