Thursday, February 3, 2011
The Washington State Supreme Court adopted findings of its Disciplinary Board that an attorney had appeared ex parte before a judge without notice to opposing counsel, failed to disclose facts at that hearing and obtained relief by means of misrepresentation and deceit. The court rejected the attorney's factual contentions, finding sufficient evidence to support the factfinder's conclusion that her testimony was not credible. The court agreed with the proposed sanction of a 90 day suspension.
A concurring/dissenting opinion would double the suspension to 180 days. (Mike Frisch)