February 25, 2013
Plaintiff's Counsel In Kilpatrick Litigation Suspended, But With Time Served
The Michigan Attorney DIscipline Board has ordered a 30 day suspension in the second disciplinary matter brought against the attorney for the plaintiffs in the noted Kwame Kilpatrick whistleblower cases.
The board rejected the attorney's claim that the proceeding was barred by the doctrine of res judicata.
The board attaches the decision of the hearing panel and notes that the "general factual background for this and other discipline cases arising from the settlement of thoase civil cases is generally well-known."
The misconduct revolved around efforts to keep certain text messages confidential.
The hearing panel had imposed a reprimand, with a dissent that would have suspended the attorney for 90 days.
The attorney will receive credit for time served on the 30 day suspension imposed in the first disciplinary case. (Mike Frisch)
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