Donations to Brizzi were appropriate

May 1, 2010
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Over the course of my 41 years as a member of the Indiana Bar, I have worked to help improve the justice system in Marion County and the state. Many of those activities have involved working to uphold the integrity of the bench and bar. You can imagine my surprise, then, upon reading [an April 5 article] in IBJ falsely impugning my integrity and the integrity of our law firm.

Specifically, [that article] suggested that an associate of this firm and I secured a sentence modification for Paula Willoughby in 2009 that was based on campaign contributions instead of the merits of that particular case. These suggestions are baseless and are the result of reckless journalism.

I represented Willoughby in her original trial in March 1992. That trial ended in a mistrial, and I represented her in the retrial in August 1992. My involvement in Willoughby’s case ended in 1996, when the Indiana Supreme Court affirmed her conviction following appeal and reduced her sentence from 110 years to 70 years. I have had no involvement in her sentence modification whatsoever, contrary to the false suggestions in the reporting of this matter.

The insinuation that campaign contributions made by me and associate Jennifer Lukemeyer were improper and resulted in the modification is equally inaccurate. Over the course of my career, I have given to candidates of both parties. In the last election for Marion County prosecutor, I made a donation to the campaigns of both Carl Brizzi and his opponent, Melina Kennedy. My motivation in making these and other donations has been to support well-suited candidates to improve our government. I have never made an improper donation or accepted an improper advantage from making a donation, and neither has Jennifer Lukemeyer. There is a lengthy tradition of campaign support from members of the Indiana Bar to candidates in local elections.

Readers of the articles covering the Willoughby case and several other cases should note that no effort was made by the media to disclose the merits of granting the requested relief. The media has injured its own reputation and credibility as a reliable source of information as a result.


James H. Voyles Jr.

Voyles Zahn Paul Hogan & Merriman


  • What is this woman supposed to do?
  • read and weep--the real Timmy
  • After the raid
    a certain attorney drove over to Sugar Creek, Ohio and then over to the Budget Newspaper to have a little chat with its editor and told her that TD is a victim, he didn't understand the big, bad government as they were only asking for another $600,000 in investment certificates! (unlike the $250,000,000 TD actually thought he could get signed off on again)....make sure you ask JT about that, Jimmy.....since you attorneys are so honorable and everything.

  • Question
    Mr. Voyles, isn't your client required to tell the truth about his address so he can be served properly? You know he doesn't live in that "lower quality" waterfront on Geist, he moved to the bigger one down the street two years ago.

    PS, we are gathering a hundred or so Amish and Mennonite victims to come to his trial so the judge gets a good earful of what your client has done. See you soon.

  • Is Voyles representing Brizzi?
    If so, Jim, you might ask your client exactly how stupid he thinks the voting public is. His disclosures show a substantial position in this stock (based on the dollar amount somewhere between 700,000-1 million shares) that was accumulated shortly before Daniel Laikin was arrested for pumping both National Lampoon and Red Rock Pictures. Note the corporate address for Red Rock is the same address for National Lampoon and the secretary of record, Cora, happened to be Laikin's secretary as well.


  • "Well-suited candidates"
    Jim, definitely your comments take the cake, "well-suited candidates" to run Marion County in a manner that has brought national embarrassment upon a once otherwise very sleepy, under the radar big small town.

    A "well-suited" prosecutor who through his accumulation of hundreds of thousands of shares of Red Rock Pictures, allegedy became involved in part of a scheme to this boiler room stock whose registration was revoked by the state of Nevada (that's as bad as it gets; who allegedly was tipped off to buy a massive position in Cellstar before Brightpoint bought them; who allegedly was tipped off to race up to Elkhart and buy 1659 Mishawaka, just in time to ink a lucrative, triple-net, multi-year, above market rate lease with the state of Indiana as a tenant--and with no money down--and to, or on his behalf, get back up to Elkhart the day before the FBI raided Tim Durham and file a purported mortgage on his portion of the "equity" with his partnership listed as the "mortgager," and then fly out to California for a timely vacation as soon as the IBJ breaks this latest piece of dirt.

    Well-suited candidate, indeed!
  • Attachments
    the Naples mansion of JC now for sale:


    Because one waterfront mansion isn't enough, JC has to have three!


    and a list of least some of the victims whose lifesavings funded this insane, insane lifestyle, and probably the attorney fees of lawyers who have been members of the bar for decades....25% of cetificate holders are from Holmes County, Mr. Voyles. Can you only imagine this being your elderly mother?

    Oh, that's right. You have been a member of the bar over 40 years, and the business model of law is to accept fees no matter what their origin, isn't that right? Please feel free to correct me if I am wrong. Isn't it the American way to defend a client who has stolen the life savings of thousands of elderly victims and then accept fees from that same money that was stolen in the first place so that person can hire the best defense--i.e. someone of your calibur like you--cuz, you are, in all estimations, the best. The very best.

    Why don't you look at this list of victims and ask yourself which one of these victims thinks it is okay for Tim Durham to take their life savings to buy a yacht? And plunk down almost a million to lease a Bugatti he is going to race because he has such rooted issues and is such a loser he can't make the money on his own, honestly, and live within his means and he thinks racing a Bugatti will make him look like a man? And to shell out millions and millions so his buddy Danny can have two mansions in the Malibu and LA areas? And donate hundreds of thousands to his buddies in the GOP? And so on and so on?

    You are so right, you have never accepted an improper donation. But, Mr. Voyles, I believe--and I think I am still allowed to have an opinion (unless Carl Brizzi tries to take that away, too) that it is not proper for you to accept fees from money you know is stolen. Now is it? Isn't there some kind of rule against that? Like for example wouldn't any sum given to you by TD or JC be attachable as consumer redress under a theory of constructive trust, since the source of those funds would be from a p-o-n-z-i? You're the attorney and you enjoyed the privilege of posting here, feel free to respond to that.


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