February 7, 2011
Not Reciprocal But Disbarable
The Georgia Supreme Court has disbarred an attorney in a matter that started as reciprocal discline imposed by a Georgia federal district court. The court declined to impose in light of a 2009 holding that "reciprocal discipline applied only to disciplinary actions taken by other licensing jurisdictions as opposed to individual courts."
After the decision not to discipline on a reciprocal basis, the State Bar filed charges. the attorney filed a petition for voluntary discipline that also involved admissions in another matter. The court here conckluded that the admissions justified disbarment. The attorney had prior discipline and continued to argue that he was not at fault. He also failed to refund a fee notwithstanding a judgment against him. (Mike Frisch)
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