January 28, 2010
Reinstatement Denial Not Punishment
An attorney who had his licensed revoked in 1985 sought reinstatement to the Michigan Bar. The Attorney Discipline Board affirmed a hearing panel determination that the reinstatement criteria had not been met, noting that the petitioner had two additional felony convictions after the license revocation.
The attorney had argued that he had been "punished enough" but the board found that the argument "misses the point" in light of the real purpose of the proceeding, which is to determine present fitness to practice. Such fitness is not established by the mere passage of time. (Mike Frisch)
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