January 25, 2011
Proposed Domestic Assault Sanction Too Lenient
A proposed 90 day suspension with all but 30 days stayed was rejected as unduly lenient in a case where the attorney was convicted of domestic abuse battery and child endangerment. The assault took place in the presence of minor children.
The Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board rejected the proposed sanction and, in turn, has recommended a one year suspension with all but six months stayed, followed by probation.
The hearing committee did not find remorse as a mitigating factor. He stated that the victim did not show "clear evidence of any physical assault" and suggested that he should have not retained a "dear friend" who is a civil practitioner to defend him in the criminal case.
The committee also noted that the attorney is a former wrestler and practitioner of the martial arts. (Mike Frisch)
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