Monday, March 12, 2018

"A Troubling Pattern"

The Iowa Supreme Court Attorney Disciplinary Board has reprimanded an attorney for two incidents unrelated to the practice of law.

Both led to a criminal conviction.

The first incident took place on March 30, 2015. The attorney was stopped by police while driving from Des Moines to his home in Council Bluffs after celebrating his 50th birthday with friends. 

He admitted drinking wine but denied he was intoxicated. He told the police "several times" that he was an attorney. 

He was arrested and blew a .244% BAC. Two loaded handguns and an open bottle of vodka were found in his car.

According to the reprimand, the attorney was extended "many courtesies" not given to ordinary mortals, including multiple phone calls (one to a judge) and an offer to have an independent blood test. Contrary to protocol, he was left alone while that test was administered.

He told a trooper that the county attorney was a personal friend and the trooper's supervisor contacted him. Another police officer friend was allowed to pick up his car to avoided towing charges.

The conviction was for Operating While Intoxicated (First Offense) and the weapons charges were dismissed.

The second incident took place on St. Valentine's Day 2017. 

The attorney had a second date with a woman he had met on a dating web site. When she arrived at his home, she found him "passed out" on a sofa.

She nonetheless got into a car with him driving. According to her, he drove erratically and called her derogatory names. 

After dinner, he drove with her to attend a show in Omaha. They did get get there.

Rather, he continued to drive recklessly and to yell at her.

He pulled into a Shell Speedy Mart and told her to "get the f--- out of the car." 

She ran into the store, told the clerk to call the police and locked herself in the bathroom. He pounded on the bathroom door before giving up and departing the premises.

The police came and took her to his home to retrieve her personal items. He "crudely" demanded that the police depart.

The conviction was for Disorderly Conduct in a Place of Business.

 The board noted a "troubling pattern of being confrontational and uncooperative, bragging about [his] status as a lawyer and resorting to name dropping when convenient." (Mike Frisch)

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