Friday, January 24, 2014
In a rather unusual procedural ruling, the Maryland Court of Appeals denied a motion of its Attorney Grievance Commission ("AGC") to dismiss charges against an accused attorney.
The court returned the case to the AGC for a sanction recommendation.
The attorney engaged in criminal conduct by giving a .45 caliber handgun to a former client. The client was not allowed to possess the weapon because of his criminal record.
The handgun was purchased at a firearms store called On Target and immediately transported to the former client's place of employment, where the attorney gave him the gun. The attorney was charged with a criminal offense and was granted probation before judgment. The records were later expunged.
The AGC filed a motion for dismissal after a hearing judge had found no misconduct. (Mike Frisch)