Sunday, December 24, 2017

Colorado Sanctions Violent Behavior

The Colorado Presiding Disciplinary Judge approved admissions of misconduct in two matters (summaries linked here and here) involving violent behavior

The Presiding Disciplinary Judge approved the parties’ conditional admission of misconduct and suspended J.M. Sandlow (attorney registration number 43146) for six months, with ninety days to be served and the remainder stayed upon the successful completion of a two year period of probation, with conditions, including continued individual therapy. The suspension takes effect December 28, 2017.

On May 14, 2017, Sandlow and his girlfriend had an altercation, resulting in her calling 911. She claimed that Sandlow had tried to strangle her. Officers who responded to the call noted some indistinct red marks on her neck. Sandlow does not agree that he tried to strangle his girlfriend; he claims he grabbed her near the neck/collarbone area as she was trying to tear an item off a wall. On September 20, 2017, Sandlow pleaded guilty to second degree assault as an act of domestic violence pursuant to C.R.S. section 18-3-203. He stipulated to a two-year deferred judgment and sentence. The terms include compliance with Jefferson County’s diversion program, including domestic violence treatment and community service.

An unrelated matter

The Presiding Disciplinary Judge approved the parties’ conditional admission of misconduct and suspended William W. Muhr (attorney registration number 18093) for one year and one day, effective December 6, 2017. To be reinstated, Muhr will bear the burden of proving by clear and convincing evidence that he has been rehabilitated, has complied with disciplinary orders and rules, and is fit to practice law.

On June 29, 2016, Muhr pleaded guilty to assault in the third degree, a class-one misdemeanor. The elements of the charge were that he knowingly or recklessly caused
bodily injury to another person. He received a twelve-month deferred sentence. Muhr failed to report that conviction to disciplinary authorities.

The Gazette reported on the Muhr charges. (Mike Frisch)

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/legal_profession/2017/12/the-colorado-presiding-disciplinary-judge-the-presiding-disciplinary-judge-approved-the-parties-conditional-admission-of.html

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