Wednesday, August 26, 2009
A Louisiana hearing committee has recommended the permanent disbarment of an attorney convicted of conspiracy to bribe a public official. The payment of $135,000 was made to an agent of the State of Louisiana in connection with the approval of a $1.35 million film tax credit. While the lawyer had alleged "lack of knowledge," he had pled guilty to the charges and had not appeared at the disciplinary hearing to press his claim. He also had practiced law while suspended.
Additional information about the criminal case from the New Orleans Times-Picayune is linked here.
Imbd.com has the following information about the attorney's background:
At the age of 36, [the attorney] has produced more than 30 feature films and made-for-television movies. He is the CEO of L.I.F.T. Productions, Louisiana's only full-service production studio, and the manager of one of the largest independent film funds, LA Squared, whose investors include basketball star Baron Davis, Hotelier, Club Impresario Sam Nazarian, and the State of Louisiana.
[He] has received numerous awards and citations, including an Emmy nomination and an official Day named after him in New Orleans. An attorney educated at Cornell and Tulane Universities, [he] was born in Tokyo, and spent most of his life in London and Santa Monica, California, before settling in New Orleans 11 years ago.