Tuesday, May 18, 2021
Anyone who wishes to watch a District of Columbia disciplinary prosecution has the opportunity this week in a matter scheduled to commence this morning at 9 am.
WUSA 9 reported on the charges
Twenty years to the week after one of the District's most notorious murders, there's a new development in the death of Washington intern Chandra Levy.
The former assistant U.S. Attorneys who prosecuted Ingmar Guandique in 2010 for Levy's murder now face a rare ethics hearing for allegedly withholding evidence from Guandique's lawyers.
The link to the zoom hearing can be found here.
Unfortunately, the Bar's disciplinary web page is a mess. I entered the names of both attorneys in the available places including "pending cases" and "search by name" functions and got this response
0 Results for "amanda haines"
0 Results for "fernando campoamor-sanchez"
Thus, we must rely on WUSA's article to post the charges.
Further, the hearing can only be viewed in real time as the hearing videos are not posted on the web page (another issue).
My informal efforts to get the bar authorities to fix the information deficiencies about public disciplinary matters have failed entirely. Indeed, it appears that impeding access to public information is a feature, not a bug.
Simply put, it is quite possible to check a lawyer's pending and past disciplinary matters and be falsely assured there are none.
Liveblog: There are 65 viewers.
Disciplinary Counsel Phil Fox just completed his opening in which he argues that a prosecutor's failure to disclose is a more serious offense than misappropriation.
Unfortunately (or not, depending on one's point of view), sanction case law in D.C. does not support that proposition.
Rae Woods of Covington & Burling now opening for Respondent Campoamor-Sanchez. Very effective use of multi-media.
Justin Dillon now up for Respondent Haines. Much more aggressive in attacking the approach of Disciplinary Counsel. His (presumably recused) partner is the Chair of the Board on Professional Responsibility.
Chair Robert Bernius sustained an objection to a reference to findings of the Office of Professional Responsibility.
First witness for Disciplinary Counsel is counsel for the defendant in the underlying criminal case Santha Sonenberg.
Afternoon recap: Sonenberg testimony completed.
The cross-examination by Ms. Woods pursued the defense theory that the crucial first page of a three-page document was provided to the defense but somehow was misplaced after its receipt by attorneys or staff at the Public Defender Service.
It is agreed that pages 2-3 (numbered as such) were provided and used by the defense at trial.
Cross-examination of trial co-counsel begins tomorrow at 9:30 am.
The number of watchers varied today but I'd guesstimate it was an average of around 70 viewers at any particular time (Mike Frisch)