Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Supreme Court: Former Sen. George can get law license back in June

The state Supreme Court today decided not to revoke the law license of former state Sen. Gary George, instead settling on suspension that will allow the Milwaukee Democrat to apply to get his license back in June.

A referee had recommended revoking George's license for his felony convictions in a kickback scheme that landed him in federal prison.

The court found that while George's "misconduct was, indeed extremely serious, it does not warrant the harshest penalty of revocation."

The court decided on a suspension of four years, three months and made it retroactive to March 8, 2004, when George's license was initially suspended following his guilty plea. The ruling noted it was, perhaps, the longest suspension imposed by the court in an attorney disciplinary matter.

The justices noted lawyers whose licenses are revoked may apply for reinstatement after five years; those who have their licenses suspended for more than six months must ask to have their licenses reinstated as well.

George was also ordered to pay the costs of the disciplinary proceedings, which were $14,064.72 as of Dec. 17, 2007, according to the decision.

Justice Louis Butler and David Prosser did not participate in the ruling.

Read the decision:
http://www.wicourts.gov/sc/opinion/DisplayDocument.pdf?content=pdf&seqNo=32236

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