Thursday, May 29, 2008
A Hearing Officer recommended that a petition for reinstatement to the Arizona Bar be denied. There are interesting aspects to both the underlying 1999 disbarment and this reinstatement proceeding. The disbarment arose from the attorney's representation of a client charged with manslaughter and aggravated assault. He "asserted a theory of 'accelerated alcohol absorption following trauma'...presented no evidence in support of the theory and fabricated identities of physicians whose fictional studies supposedly supported the theory." He thereafter refused to acknowledge wrongdoing and was found to be a "disgrace to the profession."
His claims to have gained insight into the misconduct were rejected as "unconvincing at best." He had practiced law after disbarment. Worst of all, he "co-authored a book called 'A License to Steal: Why I Hate Lawyers," in which he described himself as a retired attorney who had fought the system. In this book, [he] denigrates lawyers, the courts and the profession in general." There is no information on the web page of final action on the recommendation, which was filed in February 2005. (Mike Frisch)