Saturday, September 24, 2022
An Illinois attorney has moved for consent disbarment in the face of charges that include
In February 2022, Movant falsely advised [client] Watson that he had been diagnosed with stage three pancreatic cancer and thereafter Movant filed a motion to withdraw from Watson’s criminal cases. In his motion to withdraw, Movant falsely advised the court that he was suffering from “a medical condition that prohibits me from continuing to practice law.” Movant knew that his statements to Watson and the court were false, because at no time was Movant diagnosed with pancreatic cancer or any other medical condition that would prevent him from practicing law. Based on his false representations, the trial court allowed Movant to withdraw from Watson’s matters and appointed the Will County Public Defender to represent Watson.
The same false representation was made to another criminal client (who has not received a promised refund) and the Administrator.
There were also charges of lack of diligence in other matters. (Mike Frisch)