Saturday, May 23, 2020
The Vermont Supreme Court has ordered an attorney's interim suspension
Caladonian Record reported
A Walden attorney has been accused of pulling a gun on a store clerk because she was upset about a social distancing sign.
The Vermont State Police issued a press release on the charges.
The court order recites in part
As set forth in the petition for immediate interim suspension, respondent was charged with reckless endangerment after allegedly pointing a loaded firearm at a store clerk. Respondent is representing herself in the criminal case and she has pleaded not guilty. Disciplinary Counsel notified respondent by email and U.S. mail that a disciplinary matter had been referred to her and opened based on the criminal charge. Several days later, Disciplinary Counsel left a voicemail for respondent. She identified herself and asked respondent to contact her as soon as possible. Disciplinary Counsel followed up with an email, flagged as highly important, reiterating this information. Several days later, Disciplinary Counsel again left a voicemail message for respondent and followed up with an email. She informed respondent that licensed attorneys were required to respond to inquiries from Disciplinary Counsel and that the failure to do so could result in the imposition of sanctions. Two days later, a call from respondent’s number appeared on Disciplinary Counsel’s phone. When Disciplinary Counsel picked up the call, the person either hung up or the call was dropped. Disciplinary Counsel immediately called back but no one picked up. She left a third voicemail message for respondent, again requesting that respondent contact her as soon as possible. As of May 21, 2020, the date of the hearing on the petition, respondent had not contacted Disciplinary Counsel.