Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Immediate Interim Suspension For Habitual Substance Abuse

The Oklahoma Supreme Court concluded that an immediate interim suspension was appropriate on the following facts:

A Complaint and Application for Immediate Interim Suspension has been forwarded to this Court by Complainant, Oklahoma Bar Association, Office of General Counsel, alleging lawyer misconduct. Complainant asserts that Respondent's conduct poses an immediate threat of substantial and irreparable public harm requiring her immediate suspension from the practice of law. In response, this Court directed the parties to show cause as to whether personally incapable of practicing law as a result of habitual substance abuse.

In answer to this Court's show cause order Respondent asserts that she is "clean and sober and completely able to practice law at this time." However, recent and recurring instances of Respondent's arrest have resulted in multiple criminal felony and misdemeanor charges which require this Court's immediate action. Respondent's arrests have compromised her effective representation in several criminal and family law matters.

Respondent is hereby suspended from the practice of law effective immediately. This interim suspension shall remain in place pending an opinion from this Court which determines the appropriate final discipline to be imposed or a determination by this Court that Respondent is unable to practice law as a result of habitual substance abuse.

Mail Online had this report that the attorney fell in love with an incarcerated drug dealer:

An defence attorney is facing a trial of her own for allegedly helping a client escape from jail so she she could marry him.

Amy McTeer is said to have fallen in love with Roy Kuykendall and met up with him when he walked out of the correctional facility where he was serving nine years for dealing drugs.

So happy was she that she even took a photo of them walking away from the prison and posted it on Facebook, police say.

(Mike Frisch)

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