Thursday, July 25, 2013
"Although we recognize the gravity of displacing someone of his or her profession," the Supreme Court of Washington nonetheless disbarred an attorney who had "misrepresented the existence of a court order to a tribunal and then altered a filed court order to conceal his lie."
The misconduct took place the the representation of a client in alcohol-related criminal and license suspension proceedings. The attorney took the file from a court clerk and noted that the alcohol-content findings were suppressed when in fact the judge had not ordered suppression.
The order would have assisted the client in the license suspension matter.
The court clerk had noticed the attorney writing on the order and reported it to the judge.