Friday, February 23, 2007

Bar investigations

In a surprising move, a "panel of three judges rejected a deal . . . that would have suspended, but not revoked, the law license of former [Suffolk] mayor Johnnie Mizelle because of misconduct toward six female clients." This decision came only a day after newspapers reported the deal that had apparently disppointed some of the complaining victims.

The Legal Times has an article about a DC bar investigation of a former U.S. Attorney for
"committing criminal acts, making false statements in court, offering prohibited payments to witnesses, and interfering with the administration of justice." In an interesting twist, retired Judge Thomas P. Jackson indicated his willingness to testify for G. Paul Howes, even though Howes is a pariah in the office of the U.S. Attorney's office, as stated by the Deputy U.S. Attorney: "His name is a synonym around our office for no-no. You don’t want to do what he did.” You may remember Judge Jackson from the Microsoft antitrust case from some years back.