October 4, 2009
Readmission Leads To Permanent Disbarment
An attorney was permanently disbarred by the Louisiana Supreme Court, ending a rather remarkable career at the bar. He was admitted in 1982 and first suspended in 1986 as a result of a felony conviction. He consented to disbarment in 1987. The court, in a decision it would come to regret, granted readmission in 1999.
Here, the court affirms findings in connection with a wide array of ethics violations after reinstatement. While many of the complaints involve findings of neglect and failure to return unearned fees, two in particular stand out. The first involved a conviction on plea of no contest to the theft of a $7 pair of shoes from Walmart. The second involved his unwanted sexually suggestive comments to the mother of a prospective client who was considering retaining him as her son's counsel in a criminal matter. She believed that he was suggesting a sexual arrangement in lieu of a fee. After she declined to hire him, he visited him in jail and falsely claimed to have been retained. (Mike Frisch)
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