Friday, April 2, 2021

Snoopy Marked Safe

A two-year retroactive suspension for criminal conduct unrelated to the practice of law has been imposed by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

The report of the Disciplinary Board states that the case began with a search warrant for possible animal abuse. The executing officers saw crack cocaine in plain sight.

The attorney initially was charged with having sex with an animal and drug charges.

While out on bond, police responded to a neighbor's 911 call for shots fired in his residence.

His guilty plea involved drug and firing an air gun charges but but sex with an animal. 

The sanction is retroactive to his interim suspension.

The board noted his treatment for mental health issues and drug abuse.

TribLive reported on  the criminal case.

Animal cruelty charges were dropped against a Pittsburgh attorney who police had alleged was having sex with his dog.

Defense lawyers told the Tribune-Review on Monday that Ivan Devoren, 62, of Highland Park, never had sex with his dog, which is why prosecutors dropped those charges.

They said Devoren had a drug problem and has been clean for 10 months. Devoren pleaded guilty to drug-related and other charges.

“Absolutely nothing happened with this animal that was sexual in any way,” said defense attorney T. Brent McCune.

Mike Manko, a spokesman with the Allegheny County District Attorney’s office, said the dog, a yellow Labrador retriever named Snoopy, is with a foster family and is “healthy and happy.”

“We offered to withdraw the animal charge in order to have him surrender the dog to the foster family,” he said.

(Mike Frisch)

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