Thursday, August 10, 2017
A District Committee of the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board has ordered a public reprimand of an attorney for being drunk in public.
But (as Paul Harvey would say), there is a rest of the story.
The attorney appeared in court representing himself in a civil matter. Several police officers both in and out of the courtroom noticed he appeared to be intoxicated. He was asked to leave the courtroom and an officer noticed an odor of alcohol. He declined to take a breathalyser and was arrested for being drunk in public.
Those charges were not pursued when he withdrew the appeal of an earlier DUI.
In the bar case, he denied that he was intoxicated.
Notably, the cited violation was a lack of competence in representing himself!
He had not complied with the terms of a private admonition, leading to this reprimand. (Mike Frisch)