October 29, 2007
Swift But Lenient
A bar discipline case from Arkansas was resolved approximately three months after the complaint charging misconduct had been served. In light of the fact that there was a contested hearing and report, such speed in bar discipline matters is almost unheard of.
The case involved a lawyer who represented a husband accused of failing to give his child allergy medication. The mother sought to relocate out of state with the child and cut off the father's visitation rights. The husband claimed that he did not have access to the child's medical records. The lawyer was found, among other things, to have knowingly assisted the husband in offering false testimony in court and failing to take remedial measures that are required when false evidence is offered to a tribunal. The Supreme Court Committee on Professional Conduct imposed the sanction of a caution along with costs and a $500 fine. (Mike Frisch)
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