Monday, April 9, 2012

Reprimand For Stalking Conviction

The Idaho State Bar web page reports on a public reprimand of an attorney:

The Professional Conduct Board of the Idaho State Bar has issued a Public Reprimand to Idaho Falls lawyer, Blake G. Hall, based on professional misconduct.

The Professional Conduct Board Order followed a stipulated resolution of an Idaho State Bar disciplinary proceeding, in which Mr. Hall admitted that he violated Idaho Rule of Professional Conduct 8.4(b) [Commission of a criminal act that reflects adversely on the lawyer’s honesty, trustworthiness or fitness as a lawyer in other respects].

The Complaint related to Mr. Hall’s conviction for misdemeanor stalking in 2009. The circumstances of that conviction were that for a period following the breakup of a relationship with a former girlfriend, Respondent engaged in a course of conduct which led to him being charged with stalking. Mr. Hall entered an Alford plea to the charge and was sentenced to 180 days in jail, of which 165 were suspended. Mr. Hall was also ordered to pay a fine and court costs, was placed on supervised probation for one year, and was ordered to have no contact with the victim. Mr. Hall complied with all terms of his sentence and thereafter the Court granted his motion for a withheld judgment and the case was dismissed.

The public reprimand does not limit Mr. Hall’s eligibility to practice law.

AlterNet had this November 2009 story about the attorney's criminal case:

Blake Hall, a leading figure in Idaho and national politics for 25 years, was fired Monday as a deputy prosecuting attorney in eastern Idaho and has resigned from the Republican National Committee. [...]

 Idaho Falls police reported that witnesses said Hall disposed of used condoms on the lawn of the woman's house. Nineteen condoms were turned over to police, collected on 10 different dates, according to a police report. Both Hall and his lawyer acknowledged the condoms belonged to him, according to a police report. [...]

"I was so tired of being victimized," the woman said. "It is unimaginable that a 56-year-old would be so deviant."

(Mike Frisch)

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