Monday, September 24, 2012
In a relatively rare written opinion, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court last month disbarred a Chief Deputy District Attorney for conduct that took place in his capacity as a youth fellowship group leader for his church.
The attorney provided alcohol to three minors and smoked marijuana with them. He went to rock concerts, football games, played pool and ate out with youth group members whose parents trusted him because of his position.
He also engaged in a consensual sexual relationship with a 16 year old victim.
The conduct led to criminal charges and a conviction.
The court agreed with the Office of Disciplinary Counsel that disbarment was appropriate, even though there is no directly comparable case, particularly in light of the attorney's public office. (Mike Frisch)