November 18, 2009
Suspension For Abandoning Jailed Client
From the web page of the Ohio Supreme Court:
The Supreme Court of Ohio today indefinitely suspended the license of [an] attorney...for abandoning the case of an incarcerated client he was appointed to represent in a postconviction appeal, then failing to respond to inquiries or otherwise cooperate with disciplinary authorities during the investigation of his misconduct.
The Court adopted findings by the Board of Commissioners on Grievances & Discipline that [his] neglect of his client violated multiple provisions of the Rules of Professional Conduct including the disciplinary rules that require attorneys to act diligently in representing a client and comply with a client’s reasonable requests for information about his case, and that prohibit conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice and conduct that reflects adversely on an attorney’s fitness to practice.
The Court also agreed with the board’s finding that [his] failure to respond to multiple written and in-person communications initiated by the Office of Disciplinary Counsel, or to comply with a subpoena ordering him to appear before disciplinary authorities, violated the state bar governance rule requiring attorneys to cooperate with all disciplinary proceedings.
The opinion is linked here. (Mike Frisch)
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