Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Addiction and Discipline

The Nebraska Supreme Court declined to impose disbarment in a case where the attorney had engaged in misconduct that would have warranted that sanction but for the connection between the multiple instances of misconduct and the attorney's addiction to vodka and cocaine. This was the fourth disciplinary case against the attorney, who was indefinitely suspended until February 2008. The attorney was found to have made substantial progress in his recovery and will be required to show continued rehabilitation in order to be reinstated. If reinstated, the attorney's recovery will be monitered for two years. (Mike Frisch)

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This is bull. The respondent attorney has gone up to the Supremes on disciplinary cases more times than most attorneys ever get to with any cases. The Nebraska Supreme Court is not telling you the whole story.

Posted by: Dale gribble | Feb 21, 2007 12:14:21 PM

How can one be "indefinitely" suspended "until February 2008"? If it's for a definite period of time, is it not, ipso facto, not indefinite?

Posted by: JD | Feb 21, 2007 2:29:46 PM


Posted by: Neb JD | Feb 21, 2007 3:01:53 PM

I think its because its of indeterminate length with the possibility of reinstatement no earlier than 2/08.

Posted by: Mike Frisch | Feb 21, 2007 3:49:00 PM

I presume that if Pete Rose were reinstated into baseball's good graces tomorrow, he would have been indefinitely suspended up until Feb. 21, 2007. Retrospectively it is now definite, but prospectively it was not.

Posted by: Jeff Lipshaw | Feb 21, 2007 4:34:27 PM

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