Friday, December 8, 2023
A disbarred attorney was permanently disbarred by the Louisiana Supreme Court for criminal offenses
Count I: Respondent was arrested in Grant Parish for possession of fentanyl after he was observed dropping a cigarette package that contained the drug at the Jena Choctaw Pines Casino.
Count II: Respondent was stopped in Rapides Parish after law enforcement observed him driving erratically. During a pat-down search, officers detected a “cut straw,” frequently used for nasal inhalation of narcotics. Respondent admitted that he had ingested fentanyl that morning. He was taken to the hospital for treatment and then transported to the Rapides Parish jail. Respondent was subsequently charged by bill of information with a violation of La. R.S. 40:967.
Count III: Respondent was arrested in Alexandria for issuing worthless checks. Respondent did not respond to the disciplinary complaint.
Based on those facts, the committee found that respondent violated Rules 8.1(c), 8.4(a), and 8.4(b) of the Rules of Professional Conduct. As to the violation of Rule 8.4(b), the committee noted that respondent pleaded guilty to two significant violations of Louisiana law regarding narcotics, the abuse of which clearly impacts one’s fitness to practice law, which requires clarity of judgment. The committee added that the arrest for issuing worthless checks reflects on his trustworthiness.
Based on these findings, we conclude the recommended sanction of permanent disbarment is adequately supported under Supreme Court Rule XIX. Accordingly, we will accept the committee’s recommendation and permanently disbar respondent.