Thursday, May 5, 2011
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has imposed a three-month stayed suspension with probation of one year in a matter in which the attorney had missed a deadline in a criminal appeal. As a result, the appeal was dismissed. The attorney had not been candid in the ensuing bar proceedings.
The court rejected the Disciplinary Board's proposed stayed suspension of six months and two-years probation.
Justice Baer dissented and would not "second guess" the board. He noted that the attorney had been admonished twice (once for false statements to the bar). In his view, the attorney's "longitudinal history of similar disciplinary infractions with apparently little concern for his continuing transgressions" justified such deference. (Mike Frisch)