Thursday, February 25, 2010
The Florida Supreme Court disbarred an attorney who had been suspended for 91 days in 2004 for inappropriate conduct toward an unrepresented party and dishonesty. The attorney has not been reinstated but while suspended had used her Florida Bar card to enter a jail to visit a friend. She tried to convince the friend to sign a lease granting her use of a car. The friend refused. The attorney then went to the impound lot and used the bar card to obtain access to the friend's car. The friend had to institute a replevin action as a result.
The court rejected the referee's proposal for lesser discipline and agreed with Bar Counsel that disbarment was the proper sanction for contempt of the order of suspension. (Mike Frisch)