June 29, 2009
The North Dakota Supreme Court imposed a suspension pending the disposition of disciplinary proceedings in a case where the lawyer has been charged with, but not convicted of, criminal charges. The court describes the charges:
The suspension was imposed pursuant to a provision that empowers the court to act in matters of substantial threat of irreparable harm to the public. (Mike Frisch)
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How does his continuation in the practice of law pose a danger to the public pending the disposition of his disciplinary matter? This decision is an example of the excesses brought about by the "war on drugs".
Posted by: Dennis Tuchler | Jun 29, 2009 2:39:58 PM
I was a bit surprised to see a "great public harm" suspension for criminal charges as opposed to a conviction. In D.C., such suspensions are imposed after there have been either findings of serious misconduct or ongoing thefts from entrusted funds.
Posted by: Mike Frisch | Jun 29, 2009 4:24:37 PM