Saturday, March 6, 2010
The Louisiana Supreme Court suspended an attorney for a year and a day. While serving as an assistant district attorney, he had undertaken to represent several criminal defendants with respect to charges in the same parish. Such conduct was specifically prohibited by his oath of office. The District Attorney had reported the misconduct.
A hearing committee had found that the conduct had not harmed anyone and had recommended a six-month suspension. The Disciplinary Board disagreed and recommended the longer suspension (with fitness) that the court adopted. The court found several factors in aggravation and discerned no mitigating factors. (Mike Frisch)