Tuesday, November 26, 2013
An attorney who was convicted of two criminal offenses and failed to notify the Bar was suspended for five years by the Kentucky Supreme Court.
The attorney had moved to West Virginia and did not (as required) provide a current address to the Kentucky Bar.
The first incident involved a fight with his wife. When she sought to leave with their four-year-old, the attorney "smashed a propane tank into the rear window of the vehicle." No one was hurt and the wife admitted that she had struck him with the car before he threw the propane tank.
He entered a plea to two counts of wanton endangerment.
The second incident involved a fight with a client who had come to his home office. The attorney claimed that the client "removed the front door and proceeded to hit [him] in the head with a piece of concrete." The client claimed the attorney struck him several times with a baseball bat.
The attorney pleaded guilty to felony unlawful wounding in the second degree.
The Trial Commissioner noted that the conduct took place when the attorney had "hit rock bottom" after two divorces and a drinking problem. He claims sobriety since 2010. (Mike Frisch)