Monday, February 23, 2009
A Louisiana hearing committee has recommended the disbarment (but not of the permanent variety) in a case where an assistant city attorney in New Orleans had been convicted of felony misfeasance in office. The conviction involved his decision to dismiss a traffic ticket for a $500 payment.
He contended that he did not have a selfish or dishonest motive; rather, he was doing a favor for a church friend. The hearing committee found that the conviction established his dishonest motive. However, mitigating factors--he had been a JAG and an adjunct professor for 12 years-- were found to favor allowing the possibility of eventual reinstatement. (MIke Frisch)