Friday, April 6, 2012
A Michigan hearing panel has imposed a 90 day suspension in the last of the series of five bar discipline cases arising out of the Kwame Kilpatrick litigation.
The attorney made false statements in connection with the settlement of the case. In imposing discipline, the hearing panel noted the pressure of the attorney's employment, the absence of prior discipline, and concluded that future misconduct was highly unlikely.
The panel gave little mitigating weight to the pressure of her employment as well as to the attorney's effort ten weeks later (in a letter) to remediate the false statements. The city law department where the attorney was employed was described as "akin to a 'triage ward.' "
The report of misconduct describes the attorney's involvement in the litigation as an Assistant Corporation Counsel.
The hearing panel rejected the Attorney Grievance Administrator's call for more severe discipline.
It's never over until it's over-- the parties may appeal to the Attorney Discipline Board. (Mike Frisch)