Thursday, January 23, 2014
The California State Bar Court recommended a stayed suspension of six months with probation for one year in a matter involving two criminal defense attorneys who had violated a court order of witness sequestration:
Stalcup and Dobbins met with the three defense witnesses as a group. Moreover, they discussed a timeline of events and the time periods each lived with the defendant Anguiano; and they failed to admonish at least two of the witnesses not to discuss their testimony with anyone else. Thus, Stalcup and Dobbins clearly disobeyed the superior court’s witness sequestration order, in willful violation of section 6103.
The court found that the misconduct was serious and that the attorneys lacked an understanding of the seriousness of the violation. (Mike Frisch)