September 1, 2011
A Louisiana Hearing Committee has recommended the reinstatement of an attorney disbarred for a misprison of felony conviction. The underlying case involved a custody dispute between Popeye's founder Al Copeland and his ex-wife.
The judge in the custody case was the subject of an FBI investigation. He was trying to "shake down" Mr. Copeland. The misconduct, in part, involved the petitioner's dealings with the FBI.
The hearing committee noted an unusual circumstance. The ex-wife wrote two letters in support of reinstatement notwithstanding her status as a victim of the petitioner's misconduct. (Mike Frisch)
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