Thursday, July 10, 2008
An attorney who had been hired as chief prosecutor for the Ak-Chin Indian Community had been suspended by the Ak-Chin Community Court for two years. Reciprocal discipline was not imposed in Arizona (where the community is located) because the procedures leading to the suspension were "so lacking in due process and opportunity to be heard as to constitute a denial of due process."
Original proceedings were instituted after reciprocal discipline was not imposed, leading to an agreed-upon censure. The misconduct involved false and reckless statements regarding the qualifications or integrity of the judge who had ordered the accused attorney to show cause in response to an ethics complaint filed against him, according to the hearing officer's report. (Mike Frisch)