Sunday, February 8, 2009
From the California Bar Journal:
[An attorney] was suspended for two years, stayed, placed on three years of probation with an actual 18-month suspension and was ordered to prove his rehabilitation, take the MPRE and comply with rule 9.20. The order took effect Sept. 7, 2008.
In 2007, [the attorney] pleaded no contest to receiving stolen property, a misdemeanor involving moral turpitude.
For several months in late 2005, he kept at his home a car that was stolen by his son, who told [him] he had bought the car for $500 from its owner. The car was not street legal because of body damage, so [he], who believed his son, agreed to store it in his garage. He later discovered his son obtained the car after promising to have it repaired and to pay the registration fees and register the car in the name of the owner’s daughter. The promises were false.
Following his plea, [he] notified the bar of his conviction.
He was privately reproved in 1982.
In mitigation, he cooperated with the bar’s investigation, pleaded no contest to the charge and self-reported to the bar.