Saturday, August 31, 2019

Elder Theft Conviction Leads To Disbarment

A disbarment order from the Kansas Supreme Court

In a letter signed by the respondent on August 13, 2019, addressed to the Clerk of the Appellate Courts, Larry Dean Toomey, an attorney admitted to the practice of law in the state of Kansas, voluntarily surrendered his license to practice law in Kansas, pursuant to Supreme Court Rule 217 (2019 Kan. S. Ct. R. 267).

The Sedgwick County District Attorney charged the respondent with five felony offenses, including theft and mistreatment of an elderly person. The victim in the criminal case was the respondent's client. On July 29, 2019, the respondent entered a guilty plea pursuant to Alford v. North Carolina, 400 U.S. 25, 915 Ct. 160, 27 L. Ed 2d 162 (1970), to two counts of felony theft in violation of K.S.A. 2018 Supp. 21-5801.

At the time the respondent surrendered his license, a disciplinary complaint regarding the criminal conduct was pending with the Disciplinary Administrator alleging
a violation of Kansas Rule of Professional Conduct 8.4(b) (2019 Kan. S. Ct. R. 387) (misconduct).

This court finds that the surrender of the respondent's license should be accepted and that the respondent should be disbarred.

(Mike Frisch)

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