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Thanks for the contribution. All are welcome to the symposium, which is shaping up to be a first-rate event.
Glad to see you back to your old selves - blog on!
My comment on the bar discipline issue The Times-Picayune had a story on the bar discipline imposed on two of the named attorneys. A search of the D.C. Bar "find a member" function reveals that the third attorney was admitted in the District of Columbia in 1985. The district court opinion lays out a rather compelling disciplinary case against that attorney starting at page 56. So far as I am aware, no action has been taken with respect to her D.C. license. Perhaps the D.C. Bar Counsel is awaiting the outcome of the DOJ internal probe reported by the Times- Picayune. If so, my experience is that deferring the investigation of prosecutorial misconduct cases never serves the public interest. Having had a number of such cases, I rarely found the work of the DOJ Office of Professional Responsibility sufficiently helpful to justify the delay. (Mike Frisch)
In my experience with the people who serve in the bar disciplinary systems, some are the finest public servants; some are moral lepers. Unfortunately, it's the moral lepers who sometimes get promoted and end up in charge.
And Citizens United, Shelby County, Town of Greece? I respectfully object to both the hyperbole and hypocrisy.
In my view, history will regard Justice Scalia's demeaning invective as a debasement of judicial opinion writing and a model for what to avoid if one wishes to explain, educate and/or draw others to the author's views.
The major difference between the California and District of Columbia disciplinary systems is that the dysfunction in California is coming to light. D.C. proceeds in blissful and studied indifference to its undeniable flaws - every routine case that takes 8 - 10 years to resolve leads to a gentle tut-tut and then its back to business as usual.