February 24, 2012
Ignorance Of Suspension Not Bliss
An attorney who engaged in misconduct in several matters was suspended without possibility of reinstatement for one year by the Iowa Supreme Court.
One of the matters involved his court appearence in a case six days after he had signed for mail that informed him that he had been suspended from practice. The court declined to conclude that, having signed for the certified mail, he could remain "blissfully ignorant" of his suspended status.
According to the court, an "ostrich-like, head-in-the-sand approach should not insulate attorneys from an inference of actual knowledge" of suspension from practice. Further, the attorney falsely disclaimed such knowledge to the judge that he appeared before. (Mike Frisch)
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