Friday, October 5, 2007
The Oklahoma Supreme Court ordered the reinstatement of an attorney who had resigned in 1997, admitting that he had stolen client funds. The court noted that it had recently denied a petition for reinstatement, but treated the renewed request as a fresh matter. The court is hopeful: "He no longer gambles on horse races or imbibes heavily..." He produced a number of character witnesses who spoke favorably of his work as a legal assistant.
A dissent would deny reinstatement, finding the evidence of rehabilitation insufficient in light of a disbarred lawyer's obligation to establish good character by a higher standard than a first time applicant. (Mike Frisch)