July 10, 2012
An attorney who was disbarred in 1977 and reinstated to practice in 1999 has once again been disbarred by the Maryland Court of Appeals.
The attorney's main argument was that he was hampered by his lack of records. The court rejected this contention, concluding that competence as an attorney requires record maintanance:
If we were to hold that a lawyer's inability to produce records could prevent findings and conclusions based on clear and convincing evidence, we would allow bad lawyers to insulate themselves from prosecution by hiding, destroying or simply not keeping records.
The court found a number of ethical violations in a single client mtter, including misrepresentations concerning the attorney's efforts on his behalf. (Mike Frisch)
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