A Pulaski County attorney is accused of having an inappropriate sexual relationship with a defendant she represented. Lisa Traylor-Wolff has 20 days to answer the disciplinary charges filed by the Indiana Commission on Judicial Qualifications.
They stem from a physically intimate relationship she reportedly developed with a 26-year-old male client identified in the complaint as S.W. Traylor-Wolff was appointed his public defender in September of 2011. He pleaded guilty a month later and was sentenced in January of 2012 to 30 years in prison. Traylor-Wolff was appointed S.W.’s public defender for his appeal.
The complaint states their personal and later physical relationship developed after S.W. was sent to Miami Correctional Facility in February of 2012. It began with Traylor-Wolff sending him art books, personal emails and completing a Bible study with him.
Their relationship turned physical in mid-May, according to the complaint, which notes that all contact occurred in the attorney-client visitation rooms at the prison.
Three Masters appointed by the Indiana Supreme Court will conduct a public hearing into the charges. They can dismiss them or impose sanctions ranging from reprimand to permanent ban on holding judicial office in Indiana.