Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Misconduct Exposed

The April 2013 edition of the California Bar Journal reports the following disciplinary disposition:

[An attorney] was suspended for two years, stayed, placed on two years of probation with a six-month actual suspension and he was ordered to take the MPRE and comply with rule 9.20 of the California Rules of Court. The order took effect Feb. 14, 2013.

[He] stipulated that his criminal convictions in two separate matters do not involve moral turpitude but do warrant discipline.

In the first matter, he was convicted in 2011 of evading a police officer with reckless driving and assault with a deadly weapon (his car). He was behaving erratically and parked so that his car blocked northbound lanes of the Pacific Coast Highway. When an off-duty fireman who was riding a motorcycle stopped out of concern for [his] safety and concern that he might be suicidal, [the attorney] tried to run him down with his car.

He fled the scene and was stopped, standing through the sunroof of his car, yelling and shaking his fists at other cars. He fled again when a police officer approached, throwing an open beer can from his car. After he was arrested, tests found the presence of marijuana and a trace amount of alcohol in [the attorney's] system. [editor's note -- the summary uses a different last name for the attorney starting with this reference]

In the second matter, [the attorney] was convicted in 2011 of two misdemeanor violations for public nudity after exposing himself twice in separate incidents hours apart.

[He] received limited mitigation for cooperating with the bar’s investigation and for 12 years of discipline-free practice. He also completed a 90-day in-patient drug and alcohol treatment/recovery program.

The stipulation of misconduct is linked here. (Mike Frisch)

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