November 30, 2011
The New Mexico Supreme Court has imposed a suspension of one year without automatic reinstatement of an attorney, rejecting the automatic reinstatement proposed by its Disciplinary Board. The court concluded that the series of complaints of misconduct in state and federal court "set forth a deeply troubling mosaic of ethical misconduct that...unquestionably calls for discipline and seriously calls into question [the attorney's] fitness to practice law."
Notably, the court was constrained to state that "resolution of these complaints was delayed inexcusably before the Disciplinary Board, which enabled [the attorney] to claim an appearance of innocence for far too long. As a result, this Court has undertaken substantial revisions to our disciplinary process to ensure that no such delays will reoccur." (Mike Frisch)
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