Sunday, September 7, 2008
The Illinois Review Board has proposed a suspension of eighteen months with a requirement that the attorney take the bar's professional responsibility institute course, but without a reinstatement proceeding, in a`matter involving misconduct that included a failure to disclose`an arrest in the bar admission process. The attorney had failed the bar exam four times and had passed on the fifth try. The problem:
On March 31, 1999, Bilal [the applicant/attorney] was arrested on charges of solicitation of a sex act. He did not disclose this incident on any of the materials he submitted to the Committee on Character and Fitness, including the Additional Questionnaire signed on April 29, 1999, one month after the incident.
On March 31, 1999, Cook County Sheriff’s Police Officer Kim Petrisha was working as an undercover prostitute decoy. About 12:45 a.m., a white limousine containing five men approached her. The men spoke with Petrisha about engaging in a sex act in return for money. Petrisha spoke with all the men. She testified that Bilal was one of them. Other officers arrested the five men. The charges against Bilal were ultimately dismissed.
Bilal denied having solicited sex from Petrisha. He also testified that, in his mind, he had not been arrested. After initiation of the disciplinary proceedings, Bilal obtained an order expunging the record of the incident.
The board also found misconduct, including a conflict of interest, that had taken place after admission. The board rejected the administrator's disbarment recommendation. (Mike Frisch)