former prosecutor has license suspended

Tuesday, November 07, 2017 15:26 PM
Written by Stan Maddux
Category: Local News

The Indiana Supreme Court in a unanimous decision has suspended the license of a former LaPorte County chief deputy prosecutor for eavesdropping on private conversations between defendants and their attorneys in two homicide cases.

Robert Neary, effective December 18, will not be able to practice law for at least four-years.

The suspension could be lifted in 2021 but reinstatement will not be automatic under the action taken Monday by the high court.

According to the Supreme Court's written decision, murder defendant Brian Taylor in 2014 was meeting with his attorney at the Michigan City Police station while Neary and several officers in another room listening after failing to turn off the audio and video feeds of the conservation.

Taylor revealed the location of the gun allegedly used in the killing of his girlfriend, 24-year old Simone Bush, during talks supposed to be confidential.

The eavesdropping officers based on what they heard went out and recovered the gun, the Supreme Court revealed.

In 2012, John Larkin and his attorney were talking at the Long Beach Police Department not knowing part of their conversation was being recorded.

Larkin gave a statement in exchange for being charged with voluntary manslaughter instead of murder for the shooting death of his 41-year old wife, Stacy, inside their home.

Neary reviewed the entire recording, including the portion between Larkin and his attorney that should not have been taped, according to the Supreme Court.

The case against Larkin was later dismissed on grounds he could not receive a fair trial due to that and other rights violations following his arrest.

Taylor is scheduled for trial in LaPorte Circuit Court on the murder charge February 26.

In July, he was given a four-year prison sentence for criminal recklessness in connection with nearly a dozen gunshots fired in 2015 at two teenagers who were not struck on the city's west side.

LaPorte County Prosecutor John Espar said the allegations surfaced prior to him taking office in 2015.

Espar also said Neary resigned as deputy prosecutor and was placed into an administrative support position before the Supreme Court's decision.

He said Neary will no longer be employed by his office since it appears from the ruling he's not allowed to work in an environment where law is practiced.