June 8, 2009
Stalking Conviction Draws Reciprocal Indefinite Suspension
An attorney had been suspended for three months in New Jersey as a result of a conviction for fourth degree stalking. The Maryland Court of Appeals concluded that an indefinite suspension was the appropriate reciprocal discipline for the conduct, even if the attorney is able to obtain reinstatement in New Jersey. The court determined that more severe discipline would be imposed in an original matter involving the same conduct and that indefinite suspension would better protect the public. The court opined that reinstatement may be possible if the attorney responds to treatment for his mental health issues.
The victim had been a horse trainer who the attorney had stalked at a New Jersey racetrack and followed to her South Carolina home. He had a previous stalking incident involving his next door neighbor. (Mike Frisch)
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