Wednesday, November 17, 2010
The Arizona Disciplinary Commission has imposed reciprocal discipline in a matter from Florida. The attorney had been admonished for minor misconduct fthat involved paying the brother of an opposing party "to reveal certain information regarding his brother." The witness was in "economic distress" and had "asked to be paid for his trouble."
The admonishment in Florida is written into the disposition:
Mr. [Attorney], your actions have discredited the legal profession of the State of Florida. Such conduct cannot be tolerated by your fellow lawyers and should not be tolerated by you. Pride in your profession demands that you not violate the Rules of Professional Conduct again. If you do, your present misconduct will be considered in future disciplinary proceedings.
Arizona will require the attorney to attend The Florida Bar's Ethics School and its Professionalism Workshop, as was ordered in the Florida disposition. (Mike Frisch)