Monday, October 6, 2008
An attorney admitted in Arizona in 1990 was suspended for non-payment of dues in 2003. He had decided to cease practice after losing his eyesight due to scarring of the corneas. His eyesight began to improve in 2006 and a 2007 cornea transplant had restored 20-40 eyesight in his surgical eye. He then sought reinstatement and paid his back dues.
At an evidentiary hearing, a number of documents reflecting domestic violence -- including a guilty plea to criminal trespass and damage-- were placed into the record. There were also civil suits involving both a former girlfriend and a neighbor. The hearing officer concluded that the "several civil and criminal matters...have now been fully resolved to the satisfaction of the hearing officer" and recommended reinstatement with one year of monitored probation. (Mike Frisch)