Saturday, September 1, 2012

Shoplifting Attorney Disbarred

From the September 2012 edition of the California Bar Journal:

[An attorney] has been convicted three times of petty theft and related crimes. In addition, he testified during trial that since the last of the three convictions, he was convicted four more times for petty theft. The crimes involve moral turpitude.

The three convictions were the result of shoplifting from Target, CVS and Costco stores. As part of a plea agreement, [he] was to participate in the Orange County Superior Court’s Recovery Court Program. However, he violated the program rules by discontinuing his medication for more than five months; as a result he was unable to control his conduct and again began to shoplift.

In recommending [his] disbarment, State Bar Court Judge Donald Miles said his “sustained history of stealing represents conduct and ethics antithetical to the values required and expected of an attorney.” Although [he] says he is on the road to recovery, Miles wrote, “To protect the profession, he must be required to show that he has lived an exemplary life for a sustained period of time without the constraints of the oversight by his probation officer and the criminal courts.”

(Mike Frisch)

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