November 12, 2009
Mouth Of the Rat
The Florida Supreme Court has disbarred an attorney who had previously been suspended for demonstrating a "complete disrespect for the [bar] disciplinary process." The disbarment was based on findings that he had held himself out as licensed to practice after his suspension by maintaining his law office in Boca Raton and in communicating as counsel in connection with a California matter. The referee also found that he had engaged in unauthorized practice by ghost-helping a friend in pro se litigation in Illinois, where he was never admitted to practice.
The court rejected a variety of contentions raised by the attorney, who had asserted that the bar had proceeded improperly by "stacking" claims of misconduct against him after contempt charges were brought based on charges that he had violated the one-year suspension order. (Mike Frisch)
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