October 17, 2012
The Never Ending Story
The Michigan Attorney Discipline Board has ordered that the suspension imposed by a tri-county hearing panel of an attorney involved in the Kwame Kilpatrick ethics nightmare be increased to 18 months.
The attorney, who represented the City of Detroit, was found to have engaged in misrepresentations to the court and conflicts of interest.
In the trial-level proceedings, ADB Tri-County Hearing Panel #6 found that Colbert-Osamuede engaged in a variety of misconduct, including failure to explain a matter to the extent reasonably necessary to permit her client to make informed decisions in violation; representation of clients with directly adverse interests; making false statements of material fact to a tribunal and third persons; unlawfully obstructing another party's access to evidence; and, knowingly making a false statement of material fact in her sworn statement made to the Attorney Grievance Commission.
The panel entered an order of suspension for 90 days. Both the Grievance Administrator and Colbert-Osamuede petitioned for review. Colbert-Osamuede did not request a stay of discipline, and the suspension went into effect on April 26, 2012. On review, the ADB affirmed the findings on misconduct and increase discipline to a suspension of 18 months.
We may be near or at the end of the disciplinary fallout from this litigation. (Mike Frisch)
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