Wednesday, December 6, 2023
The Idaho Supreme Court has imposed an interim suspension of an attorney based on a recent affidavit and three declarations that the court has sealed.
The Court being fully advised and after review of this matter, it clearly appears that from the specific facts reflected in the Petition, Affidavit and Declarations that Respondent R. Aaron Morriss poses a substantial threat of irreparable harm to the public.
We had previously reported on this post from the web page of the Idaho State Bar
On February 25, 2015, the Idaho Supreme Court entered a Disciplinary Order suspending Nampa attorney R. Aaron Morriss from the practice of law for a period of five years, with all but two years of such suspension withheld, effective January 30, 2015.
The Idaho Supreme Court found that Mr. Morriss violated I.R.P.C. 1.7(a)(2) [Conflict of interest based on personal interests of the lawyer]; 1.8(j) [Sexual relations with a client]; and 8.4(d) [Conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice]. The Idaho Supreme Court’s Disciplinary Order followed a stipulated resolution of an Idaho State Bar disciplinary proceeding in which Mr. Morriss admitted that he violated those Rules.
The formal charge case related to Mr. Morriss’s relationships with two female clients. With respect to the first client, Mr. Morris texted the client explicit pictures of himself and engaged in sexual relations with the client during his representation of her in a custody case. With respect to the second client, Mr. Morriss texted the client explicit pictures of himself, took explicit pictures of the client, and engaged in sexual relations with the client during his representation of her in a parental termination case.
The Disciplinary Order provided that upon reinstatement, if any, after the two-year period of imposed suspension, Mr. Morriss will serve a two-year period of probation with terms and conditions that include counseling and the immediate imposition of the withheld period of suspension if he violates the terms of his probation or admits or is found to have violated any Idaho Rules of Professional Conduct for which a public sanction is imposed for conduct that occurred during the probationary period.
He was reinstated in 2017. Mike Frisch)