Saturday, July 7, 2007
I commented last week about a D.C. BPR recommendation in the case of In re Godette in the You Can Lead A Horse to Water post. Here is the link the the board's report. It is unlike a fine wine in that it has not improved with age.
In an unrelated matter, the board showed common sense in a report involving an attorney who had been indefinitely suspended in South Carolina as a result of a criminal conviction for hitting his son with a truck. The attorney was sentenced to a suspended prison term and placed on probation with anger management counseling. The board noted that, while a hearing on whether the crime was one of moral turpitude on the facts (which would mandate disbarment) might be appropriate, a hearing would be a waste of limited bar discipline resources. The attorney had been administratively suspended in D.C. for 20 years and had no apparent intention to practice there. The board recommends a lengthy reciprocal suspension with fitness, which would have the functional effect of disbarment without a hearing. A few years ago, the board had ordered a hearing in similar circumstances. The attorney had been convicted in Georgia of false imprisonment and assault of a vulnerable client. It took over seven years to complete the process.
A hopeful sign for the board that I have often criticized on this blog? Hope springs eternal. (Mike Frisch)