July 2, 2010
From the July 2010 online edition of the California Bar Journal:
[An attorney] was suspended for four years, stayed, with an actual two-year suspension and until he proves his rehabilitation, and he was ordered to take the MPRE and comply with rule 9.20. The order took effect Nov. 13, 2009.
In 2008, [he] was convicted in Indiana of one count of felony cocaine possession, a crime that involved moral turpitude. He accepted crack cocaine from a client as payment of a $175 bill. [He] asked for an “eight ball,” known to be an eighth of an ounce, or 3.5 grams, of cocaine.
In mitigation, he had no discipline record in 35 years of practice. He did not participate in the bar’s disciplinary proceedings.
Is this an example of a fee that is illegal but not excessive? (Mike Frisch)
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