Criminal Justice

Prominent Defense Lawyer Charged in Meth Case; Lab Allegedly Found in Her Home


A prominent Southern Indiana criminal lawyer who formerly worked as a public defender and ran unsuccessfully for a seat on the bench several years ago has been arrested on drug charges along with her boyfriend.

Leah Fink, 47, is accused of having a meth lab in her home, which she and Jeremy Ripperdan, 40, allegedly used as a base for manufacturing and selling the drug, according to the Courier-Journal and WLKY.

The two were arrested following a raid on the home in Corydon early this morning by the Harrison County Sheriff’s office and state police following a two-month investigation.

At last report Fink was being held in the Harrison County Jail in lieu of $40,000 cash bond on charges of manufacturing meth and possession of meth and marijuana, among others.

“This just points out how powerful these drugs can be,” said Harrison County Sheriff Rod Seelye, describing Fink as someone from a well-regarded family who “has an addiction issue.”

The News and Tribune and WAVE also have stories.

The articles don’t include any comment from Fink, Ripperdan or their counsel. Her law office was closed today. Admitted in 1991, Fink is in good standing with no attorney disciplinary history.

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