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Wakarusa man convicted of practicing law without a license

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An Elkhart Jury has found a Wakarusa man guilty of practicing law without a license.  Joshua Rebel Hayes was convicted Monday.

The Elkhart County Prosecutor's Office says Hayes tried to represent his wife in small claims court even though a judge repeatedly told him it was against the law. 

According to County Prosecutor Curtis Hill, "At each hearing, Hays spoke for his wife and attempted to represent her and make arguments in her case."  Even referring to his wife as his "defendant" and his "client."  He also reportedly shouted objections from the gallery and was eventually ejected from the courtroom.

The prosecutor's office says Hays also had set up a Facebook offering legal advice to self-represented individuals, and claimed to be a lawyer to a DNR officer.

Rebel's official charge is Engaging in Practice by a Person Not Admitted, which is a misdemeanor.

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