Tuesday, April 27, 2010
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court approved a consent disposition and imposed a suspension of a year and a day based upon an attorney's conviction at a jury trial of crimes that adversely reflected on fitness to practice law. The attorney resided with a person who was estranged from his wife. The estranged wife lived across the street from them.
The offenses arose out of an altercation between the attorney and the estanged wife on the street in front of their houses. The wife called 911 and things got worse from there. The attorney drove off and the wife jumped on the hood of the car in order, she contended, to avoid getting run over. The police saw the attorney driving recklessly with the wife clinging to the front of the car. There was a crash (the attorney's car hit the responding police cruiser) and the wife was injured. The responding officer knew the attorney and the wife from previous encounters.
The attorney was convicted of reckless endangerment, criminal mischief and careless driving. She was acquitted of other charged offenses.(Mike Frisch)