Monday, May 5, 2008

More Severe Reciprocal Discipline

An attorney who had his license suspended for one year in Illinois was subjected to the more severe discipline of an indefinite suspension in Kansas. The court concluded that:

With respect to the discipline to be imposed, we have carefully reviewed the record and the recommendation of the panel. Although we would normally impose reciprocal discipline, as the Disciplinary Administrator recommended in this case, we believe the sanctions imposed by the Illinois Supreme Court and the Missouri Supreme Court were exceedingly lenient in light of the Illinois Hearing Panel's opinion that Respondent committed bank fraud. Our view of bank fraud and the Respondent's conduct as found in this complaint warrants more severe discipline. A majority of this court concurs with the hearing panel's recommendation for Respondent to be suspended indefinitely from the practice of law in the State of Kansas. A minority, however, would impose a harsher sanction, disbarment.

(Mike Frisch)

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