Friday, June 4, 2010
The Michigan Attorney Discipline Board increased a panel suspension of two years and six months and entered an order that revoked the license of an attorney. The board concluded that the panel had erred in determining the appropriate level of discipline where the attorney had converted to his own use $5,000 that a court ordered to be held in trust. The board futher concluded that "none of the personal problems related by [the attorney], or the testimonials of two judges, constitute 'compelling mitigation' that would justify a departure from [standards that provide that disbarment is generally the proper sanction for conversion of entrusted funds]."
The board also found that an order of restitution was appropriate because the clients in another matter got no value for their payment of fees. (Mike Frisch)