Wednesday, October 21, 2009
An attorney was suspended for six months with all but 30 days deferred by the Louisiana Supreme Court. The attorney had practiced while suspended for non-compliance with CLE obligations. He was retained on behalf of a criminal defendant by a bail bonding company called Do The Right Thing. He entered an appearence and filed pleadings without the client's knowledge and consent. He obtained discovery from the prosecutor and caused some delay in transmitting the information to counsel retained by the client.
The court characterized the misconduct as "grossly negligent" and noted the vulnerability of the client. The attorney had no record of prior discipline. (Mike Frisch)