August 31, 2012
From Judge To Police Chief To Prison
The North Dakota Supreme Court disbarred a former judge convicted of a sex offense.
The Jamestown Sun reports:
North Dakota’s Supreme Court ordered Randall Hoffman disbarred on Wednesday.
Hoffman has been suspended from practicing law for almost nine years. He was working as the police chief in Elgin, in southwestern North Dakota, when he was accused of assaulting a teenage girl repeatedly over five years.
Hoffman pleaded guilty. Last October he was sentenced to serve 20 years in prison.
Chief Justice Gerald VandeWalle said Hoffman didn’t challenge a disciplinary panel’s recommendation that he be disbarred.
Hoffman served as a district judge in Jamestown for almost five years. He resigned in April 1999 after a disciplinary complaint accused him of showing disrespect for North Dakota’s courts.
The New York Times reported on the charges.
The attorney has been suspended since 2003. (Mike Frisch)
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