Thursday, January 6, 2011
A Louisiana hearing committee has recommended disbarment in a one-page report that notes that the accused attorney and the Bar had entered into a stipulation that the attorney violated ten ethics rules over a period of eight to ten years. He had played "fast and loose" with client funds, failed to do work despite payment and lied under oath.
The attorney sought mitigation for the lapses because of "marital problems." The hearing committee noted that the ethical violations took place both before and after the marital problems and:
...if going through a divorce was an excuse to violate ethics rules roughly fifty percent of the population would at one time or another have that problem.