Tuesday, December 21, 2010
The Michigan Attorney Discipline Board has imposed a one-year suspension of an attorney who had been convicted of criminal contempt. The conduct involved "willful acts, omissions, and statements designed to mislead [a] court in efforts to delay and impede collection of child support and for the purpose of disbursing money to herself and her brother in violation of court order."
The attorney represented her brother in the underlying case and was represented by her husband in the bar discipline matter. The husband was "unfamiliar with discipline matters." While she had an unblemished record in 22 years of practice, but "seemed unaware of the wrongfulness of her conduct."
The board reduced the panel suspension of three years. The board considered circumstances that included two days jail time and over $20,000 in fines. (Mike Frisch)