Thursday, October 29, 2009

Claim That DA Conspired To Murder Draws Disbarment Recommendation

The Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board has recommended disbarment based on findings of misconduct in several matters. One set of charges involved the filing of an affidavit executed by the attorney's client, "a convicted felon with limited credibility." The affidavit accused a district attorney of conspiracy to commit murder. The board affirmed a finding that the claims were frivolous: "Respondent conducted little investigation  into the facts and allegations of the affidavit before filing it into the public record...[he] could not point to any evidence that directly corrobated the accusations in the affidavit." In another matter, he withheld material information from a court with intent to mislead a court.

The board found that the conduct involved the filing and pursuit of frivolous litigation and the use of the legal process to "publicly defame public officials and private citizens." Disbarment was deemed appropriate because these provisions had never previously been violated to the degree in this case. (Mike Frisch)

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