Saturday, February 20, 2010
The Review Department of the California State Bar Court imposed a five-year stayed suspension with a four year actual suspension for "unethical behavior in four criminal cases." The misconduct involved obtaining a dental examination of a minor accused of sex assault, failure to provide exculpatory evidence and an improper closing argument. An appellate court had characterized the closing argument as "deceptive and reprehensible."
In mitigation, the attorney, who was a career prosecutor, presented "extraordinary" evidence of his good character. (Mike Frisch)