Saturday, June 23, 2007

Taking On The Court

An attorney in Arkansas has apparently decided to take on the justices of the Arkansas Supreme Court. After losing an appeal of a civil case before the court, he was directed to show cause why sanctions should not be imposed for his conduct of the case. He responded with a 70 page brief denouncing the court's decision and seeking recusal of the entire court. The matter of his conduct in the case was referred by the court to disciplinary counsel. His response to charges of intemperate conduct was not just a general denial; rather, he sought to depose the then-sitting justices of the court (which was denied). The court held that the misconduct here was serious (noting that occasional disrespectful behavior is minor misconduct) and warranted a six-month suspension. The court rejected contentions that the attorney had been denied due process, noting that the justices did not have any interest in the outcome of the bar prosecution. (Mike Frisch)

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