Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Mitigation Not Established

The Louisiana Supreme Court ordered a two year suspension in a bar discipline matter involving charges of misconduct in two matters. The accused attorney failed to respond to the charges and did not participate in the disciplinary proceeding. The misconduct involved severe neglect of a plaintiffs' claim arising out a fire and the failure to have his clients execute documents that led to the revocation of a settlement agreement. Mitigation based on what he had described as "bleeders in my eyes"--causing temporary blindness--was rejected as unproven. Two justices would have imposed harsher (but unspecified) discipline. (Mike Frisch)


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