Friday, December 3, 2021
Summaries of discipline recently imposed in North Carolina may be found in the Winter 2021 Journal.
Daniel Flint, formerly of Charlotte and currently of Michigan, was convicted in federal court in California of felony entering an airport area in violation of security requirements and was sentenced to 14 months in prison. The hearing panel found that Flint was convicted of a crime reflecting adversely on his fitness as a lawyer, presented false diplomatic credentials to Transportation Security Administration agents to avoid having his bag searched before boarding an airplane, and falsely asserted that he was a diplomat for the International Human Rights Commission. Flint was disbarred.
Daniel R. Green of Hickory surrendered his license and was disbarred by the Buncombe County Superior Court. Green was convicted of disseminating obscene materials to a minor under 16, taking indecent liberties with a minor, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and giving alcoholic beverages to an underage person.
Lonnie P. Merritt of Wilmington had a sexual relationship with a family law client. Merritt was suspended for one year.
The order in the Merritt matter is linked here.
The attorney had gone to the client's home to secure her signature on a consent order.
He expressed his attraction and asked permission to kiss her. They did not go beyond "making out."
When Hurricane Florence hit, the attorney sheltered with the client and her mother. He then stayed in the client's home and they "began having sex."
He continued to represent the client through the completion of the divorce. (Mike Frisch)