Friday, November 20, 2020
An Illinois Hearing Board has recommended a one-year suspension and until further court order
Respondent pled guilty to the aggravated battery of his neighbor, Avon Howard-White, a person 60 years of age or older. He made false statements regarding his conduct to the investigating detective. He was sentenced to two years of probation, which included completing a drug/alcohol evaluation and treatment recommendation.
In aggravation, the Panel considered that Respondent has been disciplined previously. He was suspended for sixty (60) days in 2017 for neglecting a criminal appeal and leaving derogatory, threatening, and racially offensive voicemail messages for third parties. In re Michael Jerome Moore, M.R. 028896, 2015PR0076 (September 22, 2017). We also consider in aggravation Respondent's lack of cooperation and participation in this proceeding. While Respondent participated in the first pre-hearing conference and filed pleadings in this matter, his behavior overall was uncooperative. He was unwilling to file an answer that conformed to the requirements of Commission Rule 233, he did not appear for his scheduled deposition, nor did he appear for his disciplinary hearing.