October 27, 2009
"An Isolated Series Of Extremely Bad Choices"
The Arizona Disciplinary Commission has determined that a short suspension (sought by the State Bar) was not appropriate in a matter in which the attorney had been convicted of leaving an accident scene after he struck a motorcylist while he was drunk and taking prescription meds. The commission agreed with the hearing officer who had proposed public censure and probation. The hearing officer had found that the attorney's "conduct appears to have been the result of an isolated series of extremely bad choices, and not part of an ongoing pattern of substance abuse or dishonesty." The attorney had no prior discipline in 27 years of practice.
The commission had remanded a prior hearing officer report that had proposed no sanction at all. (MIke Frisch)
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