Thursday, January 2, 2014

Utility Man

A recent disbarment is summarized in the January 2014 edition of the California Bar Journal

[The attorney] was disbarred Nov. 1, 2013 and ordered to comply with rule 9.20 of the California Rules of Court.

[He] was disbarred after his default was entered for failing to respond to disciplinary charges filed following four criminal convictions. Because he made no effort to vacate the default within 180 days, as required by rule 5.85 of the bar’s Rules of Procedure, he was disbarred and the charges were deemed admitted.

[The attorney] was convicted of: obstructing a utility line, resisting arrest, misdemeanor battery, disobeying a court order and reckless driving while under the influence of alcohol.

In one of the cases, [he] retaliated against his neighbors who had filed a noise complaint against him by shutting off their utilities, including their power, telephone access, air conditioning and water. He was later evicted from the apartment and then violated a restraining order by coming within 30 feet of his former neighbors’ apartment.

A large percentage of the disbarments reported in the January edition involved defaults. (Mike Frisch)

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