Tuesday, May 1, 2012

A Federal Case

A disciplinary matter is summarized in the May 2012 edition of the California Bar Journal:

[An attorney] was suspended for two years, stayed, placed on two years of probation with a one-year actual suspension and he was ordered to take the MPRE within one year and comply with rule 9.20 of the California Rules of Court. The order took effect Oct. 14, 2011.

While working as a special agent for the FBI, [the attorney] accessed FBI computers to obtain information for a friend about an individual who owed the friend money. The amount was in dispute. Although he did not intend and never did initiate a legitimate FBI investigation into the individual, he threatened to do so− both in phone calls and a personal visit to the individual’s home− if the debt wasn’t paid.

[He] was convicted of misdemeanor computer fraud.

In mitigation, he had no prior discipline record, provided extensive testimony about his good character and in his capacity as an FBI agent, and he assisted in the State Bar investigation of attorneys engaged in real estate loan modifications.

The Huffington Post had this report on allegations that the attorney provided improper assistance to golfer Greg Norman in connection with his divorce. (Mike Frisch)

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