Friday, February 3, 2012

Disbarment warning: Don't ignore the 7th Circuit's orders (or any other court's, for that matter)

In a per curiam opinion leaving no doubt about the court’s fury, the Seventh Circuit has disbarred a lawyer for abandoning a client in a criminal case and repeatedly ignoring the court’s orders in the case. An excerpt:

     She is unfit to practice law in this court. Abandonment of a client in a criminal case is reprehensible. Ignoring orders entered by a court is inexcusable. We have disbarred lawyers in similar circumstances. See, e.g., In re Riggs, 240 F.3d 668 (7th Cir. 2001). That is the appropriate step here too. Boyle-Saxton is disbarred. She is further ordered to refund to Rodriguez all fees she may have been paid for handling this appeal, and to provide the court within 21 days evidence that this has been done.

    Failure to do so will be treated as contempt of court. The court will send copies of this opinion to the Office of Lawyer Regulation of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, and to the clerks of each district court within the circuit. Boyle-Saxton must send a copy to any other jurisdiction in which she may be licensed to practice law.

In Re: Bridget Boyle-Saxton, No. 12-2, slip op. (7th Cir. Feb. 2, 2012).


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