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Former Johnson County Prosecutor won't get law license back for now

Bradley Cooper admitted to beating his fiancee
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Posted at 4:53 PM, Feb 03, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-03 16:53:03-05

INDIANAPOLIS — Brad Cooper, the former Johnson County Prosecutor who admitted to beating his fiancee, will not get his law license back any time soon.

The Indiana Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that Cooper's license will remain suspended for at least four more years.

In 2019, Cooper admitted to brutally beating and confining his fiance and stealing her cellphone at his house in southern Johnson County. He was sentenced to 540 days of probation on charges of criminal confinement, identity deception, official misconduct and domestic battery.

At the time of his sentencing, Cooper's law license was suspended for two years, but he was not disbarred.

In its decision Wednesday to add four years to the suspension, the Supreme Court said:

"While these after-the-fact measures do not mitigate the misconduct itself, which was reprehensible, they do point to Respondent's potential for rehabilitation and narrowly persuade us that the door to Respondent's legal career should not be permanently and irrevocably closed.

Court records said a woman identified as Cooper's fiancee ran to a neighbor's Trafalgar home with a swollen right eye. She said Cooper had hit her and wouldn't let her leave.