October 1, 2012
14 Pounds And What Do You Get
A report from the October 2012 California Bar Journal:[An attorney] was suspended for three years, stayed, placed on four years of probation with an actual two-year suspension and until he proves his rehabilitation and he was ordered to take the MPRE and comply with rule 9.20 of the California Rules of Court. The order took effect Aug. 18, 2012. He receives credit for a period of interim suspension that began Dec. 19, 2011.
[He] was convicted in federal court in Wisconsin of conspiracy to distribute more than 1,000 kilograms of marijuana.
According to his stipulation with the State Bar, [the attorney] received shipments of marijuana from a large-scale seller of the drug who shipped it from northern California to the midwest for tens of thousands of dollars. The individual stayed at [his] vacation home in Gary, Ind., while drugs were being shipped to Chicago and Milwaukee. At one point, [he] and an associate traveled to California to make arrangements for delivery of marijuana to Chicago.
When [the attorney] was arrested at his vacation home, law enforcement agents seized approximately 14 pounds of marijuana and approximately $2,287 in cash. Another $26,650 was found in a safe in his Chicago condo.
As part of the interim suspension, [he] was ordered to comply with rule 9.20 of the California Rules of Court, but he submitted the required affidavit late.
In mitigation, he had no prior discipline record, cooperated with the bar’s investigation and with law enforcement and had difficulty complying with rule 9.20 because he had limited computer access. He had not been practicing law for a long time when he was arrested.
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