Wednesday, December 3, 2014
A Louisiana Hearing Committee has recommended the disbarment of an attorney who defaulted on charges in a number of matters.
While most of the violations might fairly be characterized as "garden variety" neglect, one weed stands out.
The attorney represented the father in a child custody matter. Mother's counsel advised him that he would be filing a motion alleging that the father was abusing illegal drugs.
The attorney's response was to purchase a shampoo product called Ultra Clean, which was "advertised as purifying buildup of medication from the hair and commonly used in attempts to avoid positive hair follicle drug tests."
He then visited the client at home.
In a pretrial conference the next day, the attorney vigorously (and falsely) denied that his client was using drugs.
A cuticle test came back as presumed positive for marijuana, amphetamines and methamphetamines.
The Ultra Clean worked - the hair follicle test was negative. (Mike Frisch)