Thursday, August 12, 2010

Wrestling Experience As Aggravating Factor

A Louisiana hearing committee has recommended a 90-day suspension, with all but 30 days suspended, in a matter involving a conviction for domestic abuse battery. The victim of the assault was the attorney's former wife and the mother of his children. The children were present when the abuse took place.

The committee found aggravating factors that included the vulnerability of the victim, as well as the fact that the attorney is a "former wrestler and practicioner of the martial arts." The committee refused to find remorse as a mitigating factor notwithstanding his testimony that he "was remorseful, embarrassed and humiliated for himself and his family" because, in the committee's view, "he still appeared to be resisting the wrongful nature of his conduct."

The committee further recommended probation for eighteen months with "at least monthly psychological or psychiatric counseling for personal judgment and decision making skills."  (Mike Frisch)

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