August 8, 2011
Tasered And Reproved
The California State Bar Court approved the imposition of the "moderate discipline" of public reproval for intoxicated behavior that led to disorderly conduct, public intoxication and disturbing the peace convictions:
[He] became highly inebriated while attending a Celtic festival at the Sonora County Fairgrounds (Festival)...Other attendees reported to Festival security that [he] was being obnoxious and bumping into people while dancing. When Festival security guards approached him, he was verbally aggressive and repeatedly yelled, "Am I being detained?" [He] confronted the Festival head of security so closely that he spit in her face while yelling at her, and she asked him to leave.
After [he] refused to leave the Festival, the Sonora Police were called to intervene. [He] was so aggressive toward the police officers that they shot him twice with a Taser gun and arrested him. His blood alcohol level registered .19% when he was booked at the police station.
The attorney was admitted in 1992 and had no record of prior discipline. He had contended that his conduct involved "generalized obnoxiousness" that did not warrant discipline. (Mike Frisch)
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