Friday, March 11, 2016
The Wisconsin Supreme Court ordered a three-year reciprocal suspension based on the conduct that led to the same suspension in Michigan.
His Wisconsin status
Attorney Waters was admitted to practice law in Wisconsin in 2002. He is also admitted to practice law in Michigan. Attorney Waters' Wisconsin law license is currently suspended for non-compliance with continuing legal education reporting requirements, failure to pay State Bar of Wisconsin dues, and failure to submit the required trust account certification to the State Bar.
The Michigan suspension was based on Attorney Waters' September 14, 2012 conviction for felony drug offenses, as well as a disciplinary complaint comprised of three separate counts of professional misconduct [involving clients].
MichiganLive reported on the drug charges.
A Grand Rapids attorney is facing felony drug delivery charges in northern Michigan after being ensnared in a wide-ranging criminal drug probe that involves children of current and former Antrim County officials.
John Oren Waters, 43, is charged with smuggling the drug Suboxone into the Antrim Country jail for a client who was locked-up last summer amid a drug investigation that began in 2009, according to county prosecutors...
Waters came up to represent client Jenny Ketz of Antrim County, who had multiple drug-related charges initially dismissed, but who later pleaded guilty to delivery of heroin as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors.
Investigators say they issued the charges against Waters after speaking to a jail inmate who told them in February about Waters' alleged delivery to Ketz on May 24, 2011. Waters is charged with one count apiece of drug delivery and conspiracy to deliver. The charges each carry a maximum penalty of seven years in prison.
Waters client, Ketz, was co-defendant with yet-to-be charged Randazzo, who may be living in the Roseville area, said [assistant prosecutor] Rossiter.
in reciprocal discipline matters, this court shall impose the identical discipline unless one of the exceptions enumerated in the rule is shown. There is no indication that any of those exceptions apply in this case. Therefore, we impose discipline identical to that imposed by the State of Michigan Attorney Discipline Board.
The court also ordered payment of costs. (Mike Frisch)