Thursday, February 3, 2011
The Arizona Disciplinary Commission has unanimously rejected an agreed disposition of six months and one day suspension in a matter in which the attorney had "conspired with his client to have the client fail to appear for trial." The commission previously had rejected a proposed suspension of six months and probation.
The commission viewed the allegations in the bar Complaint as "strik[ing] at the very heart of the truth-seeking function of the criminal justice system." After the client had failed to appear, the attorney allegedly made repeated lies to the judge and feigned ignorance notwithstanding his advice to the client: "the sanction [proposed] is insufficient to impress the Bar and the public with the seriousness of this conduct." (Mike Frisch)