September 11, 2009
Face The Music, Not The Spectators
The District of Columbia Court of Appeals has ordered the interim suspension of an attorney who was suspended for 90 days without automatic reinstatement by the Supreme Court of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. The attorney was an Assistant Attorney General who received an order to show cause why sanctions should not be imposed for failing to file an appellate brief. The response from the attorney was problematic: she called the case "relatively minor" and said that it "fell through the cracks." She also said she was overworked and the problem would continue unless more resources were given to the AG's office. The court found the "likely to recur" statement "inexcusable."
And then there is footnote 4: "We also note the prosecutor's disrespect for this Court during the show cause hearing. At the hearing, the prosecutor repeatedly turned to face onlookers and mouthed words to them. Upon completion of the hearing, the prosecutor stormed out of the courtroom, made loud remarks to seated onlookers as she left, and slammed the door before the justices exited the courtroom."
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