Former Marion County chief deputy prosecutor suspended

David Wyser

The Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission suspended the law license of former Marion County chief deputy prosecutor David Wyser. The sanction comes months after Wyser pleaded guilty in a federal corruption case.

Last summer, Wyser pleaded guilty to accepting a bribe and in November, he was sentenced to home detention and probation. He is now living in Nevada.

Wyser admitted that in 2009 he accepted a $2,500 campaign contribution from the father of Paula Willoughby, just months before he signed a modification order to give Willoughby an early release from prison. Willoughby had been sentenced to 70 years in prison for murder.

At the time, Wyser was the top deputy prosecutor for former Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi.  As part of his plea agreement, Wyser agreed to tell prosecutors everything he knew about public corruption in Indianapolis.

In October, federal prosecutors announced that Brizzi would not face any criminal charges. U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett said a three-year investigation found no direct evidence that Brizzi broke the law, but he pointed out that Brizzi could face sanctions from the Disciplinary Commission.  Brizzi maintained his innocence.

After learning Brizzi would not face charges, Wyser told 13 Investigates Reporter Sandra Chapman that other people were involved and got away without punishment. 

"All of those guys skated and gave lies and made up lies about their involvement, " Wyser said in November.

The Supreme Court justices decided Wyser's suspension unanimously.  However, Justice Mark Massa did not participate in the discussion because he previously expressed an opinion about the case in April 2010.  At the time, he was running a campaign to become Marion County prosecutor.