Wednesday, July 17, 2013

State bar judge recommends 2-year suspension for lawyer

OAKLAND, Calif. — A state Bar Court judge has recommended that an attorney who represented former Your Black Muslim Bakery leader Yusuf Bey IV be suspended from practicing law for two years for smuggling from jail an alleged hit list of witnesses in Bey's murder case.
Judge Pat McElroy said in her 16-page ruling that Lorna Brown's “misconduct significantly harmed the administration of justice” because “witnesses were understandably frightened and one requested and received witness protection protocols.”

But McElroy said she doesn't recommend that Brown, 67, should be permanently disbarred because she has no prior record of discipline in 22 years of practicing law and eventually admitted what she did and expressed remorse.

Brown's recognition of wrongdoing “assures the court that her misconduct is unlikely to reoccur,” McElroy said.

Brown's attorney, Vicky Young, asked for a six-month suspension for Brown at the end of a three-day hearing on the matter in April but State Bar prosecutor Robin Brune asked for her to be disbarred.

It will be up to the California Supreme Court to finalize McElroy's recommendation.

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State bar judge recommends 2-year suspension for lawyer


Thelma said...

The recommendation should have been disbarment; not suspension.

Anonymous said...

Yes it should have. More and more articles of bad attorneys. I wonder if anybody is really keeping track.