Friday, February 20, 2009
An attorney who had suspended for 18 months was suspended for an additional two years by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. While on suspension, the attorney had appeared as counsel for her sister in a criminal case and failed to advise the judge and prosecutor of her suspended status. She sought a continuance of the case by falsely advising the court that a retained attorney could not appear due to illness. In fact, the lawyer had not been retained.
The discipline here was imposed pursuant to consent of the parties. The natural desire to help a family member was considered as a mitigating factor. (Mike Frisch)