Tuesday, June 23, 2020
An attorney's conviction for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and failure to cooperate in the resulting bar investigation should result in permanent disbarment according to a hearing committee recommendation in Louisiana,.
The committee reports that a search warrant executed at the attorney's residence led to the discovery of "marijuana separated into numerous, vacuum- sealed bags indicating an intent to distribute."
The attorney pleaded guilty to the criminal charges.
The Louisiana Supreme Court disbarred the attorney for unrelated misconduct in November 2019.
The earlier matter also involved drugs
Like the attorney in Mecca, respondent’s conduct includes both the soliciting and purchasing of prescription medication from a client. However, unlike the attorney in Mecca, respondent has taken no responsibility for her actions and there is no indication that she has ever sought treatment for her drug use. Like the attorney in Aucoin, respondent failed to perform legal services for her client, which caused injury to her client, and failed to refund unearned fees. Considering the totality of her misconduct, along with her failure to cooperate with the ODC in its investigation, we agree that disbarment is the appropriate sanction in this case.
The Louisiana Record covered the disbarment case. (Mike Frisch)