Wednesday, September 30, 2020

No Reciprocal Discipline For Jerry Sandusky Prosecutor

An attorney who was suspended for one year in Pennsylvania had the reciprocal discipline proceeding in Virginia summarily dismissed

On August 28, 2020, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board issued a Rule to Show Cause and Order of Summary Suspension and Notice of Hearing in which it ordered Frank Gerald Fina to show cause why the same or equivalent discipline imposed on him in Pennsylvania should not be imposed by the Board.  By Order entered September 25, 2020, the Board found that Fina had shown cause why the same or equivalent discipline that was imposed in Pennsylvania should not be imposed in Virginia, and summarily dismissed the matter.

The order explaining the action is not yet posted . 

Law & Crime reported on the Pennsylvania action

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has suspended Frank Fina’s law license for a year and a day after determining that his conduct in the prosecution of infamous child molester Jerry Sandusky violated ethical rules.

The issue here centered on Fina’s calling of opposing counsel as a witness against her clients in a grand jury proceeding regarding the high-profile Penn State sex abuse scandal and cover-up. The court said that Fina misrepresented the situation to a judge, claiming that the line of questioning would not implicate attorney-client concerns. A lawyer for Fina previously said the “big falsehood is that Frank Fina said to the judge one thing and went into the grand jury and did something else.”

(Mike Frisch)

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