Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Convictions Lead To Bar Charges

The Illinois Administrator has filed an amended complaint charging an attorney with misconduct as a result of two sets of criminal charges. The underlying circumstances of the first conviction are described as follows:

On April 5, 2004, Respondent barricaded himself in his home in Hillsborough County, Florida, with his two sons, one of whom was under the age of eighteen. After police were summoned, Respondent fired a gun at least six times from a second-story window, nearly missing a police officer and striking and damaging a police vehicle. During the incident, Respondent prevented his sons from leaving his home, although both eventually escaped the home unharmed.

And then:

Between June 8, 2005, and June 2, 2008, Respondent, while incarcerated pursuant to his conviction in case number 04 CF 6505...wrote at least 13 letters to his then-wife that contained threats, attempts to extort her, and statements intended to prevent her from testifying against him. During that time, Respondent also wrote one letter to his son in which he attempted to persuade his son to prevent his then-wife from testifying against him. Respondent sent the letters to their recipients via the U.S. Postal Service.

The complaint indicates that the attorney was sentenced to terms of imprisonment in connection with the convictions in both matters. (Mike Frisch)

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