May 4, 2009
Voluntary Discipline Petition Rejected
The Georgia Supreme Court followed the State Bar's recommendation to reject an attorney's petition for voluntary discipline. The attorney had admitted escrow rule violations and sought "no more than a public reprimand as discipline for his admitted violations..."
The court concluded that the petition failed to include sufficient information to determine appropriate discipline. Also, there were "inconsistencies regarding whether [the attorney's] client was aware that [the attorney] was borrowing the client's funds and vague references to other actions by [the attorney] involving joint bank accounts and personal expenses being funneled through [the attorney's] escrow accounts, all of which are troubling." (Mike Frisch)
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