May 14, 2008
A Poor Choice Of Words
From the California Bar Journal comes the following story:
The State Bar Court found that Torres violated one of the probation conditions imposed on him in an earlier disciplinary case by failing to file five quarterly probation reports and that he committed acts of moral turpitude when he deliberately engaged in the unauthorized practice of law.
Torres originally was disciplined in 2000 for committing acts of moral turpitude by harassing a client and inflicting emotional distress on her. In that matter, a review department opinion painted “a sordid picture of an attorney who maliciously and gratuitously oppressed, harassed and intentionally inflicted emotional distress on a female client,” wrote Judge Pat McElroy, who recommended Torres’ disbarment.
McElroy also found that Torres engaged in multiple acts of misconduct, engaged in the unauthorized practice of law while on probation and engaged in abusive conduct, calling one bar employee a “fat bitch” and another a “f______ a______.”
There was no evidence of mitigating circumstances in the record.
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