Vol. 36, No. 5
From the Courts
Colorado Disciplinary Cases
Disciplinary Case Summaries
These summaries of disciplinary case Opinions and summaries of Conditional Admissions of Misconduct are prepared by the Office of the Presiding Disciplinary Judge (PDJ) and are provided as a service by the Colorado Bar Association (CBA). The CBA cannot guarantee the accuracy or completeness of the summaries.
The full text of the disciplinary Opinions follows the summaries pages. The summaries and full-text Opinions also are accessible from the CBA website: http://www.cobar.org (click on The Colorado Lawyer tab, then the appropriate issue). Opinions, including exhibits, complaints, amended complaints, and summaries, also are available at the Office of the PDJ website: http://www.coloradosupremecourt.com/PDJ/pdj.htm, as well as on LexisNexis® at
http://www.lexis.com/research, by clicking on States Legal-U.S./Colorado/Cases/CO Supreme Court Disciplinary Opinions from 1999.
Summaries of Decisions Regarding Conditional Admission
of Misconduct Issued by the Presiding Disciplinary Judge
The PDJ’s approval of Conditional Admissions of Misconduct does not result in a written Opinion but only a brief Order, which does not constitute precedent. Conditional Admissions of Misconduct are public record and are available for review at the Office of the Presiding Disciplinary Judge, 1560 Broadway, Ste. 675, Denver, CO 80202; (303) 866-6658; http://www.coloradosupremecourt.com/PDJ/pdj.htm. They also are available on LexisNexis® at http://www.lexis.com/research by clicking on States Legal U.S./Colorado/Cases and Court Rules/By Court/Colorado Supreme Court Disciplinary Opinions.
No. 07PDJ013. People v. Marshall. 02/22/2007. Attorney Suspended.
The Presiding Disciplinary Judge approved a Conditional Admission of Misconduct submitted by the parties and suspended John D. Marshall, attorney registration number 16094, from the practice of law for a period of one year and one day. All but ninety days of the suspension are stayed, given the successful completion of a two-year period of probation with conditions. Suspension was effective February 22, 2007.
On July 17, 2006, respondent pled guilty to a reduced charge of harassment, CRS § 18-9-111(1)(a)—a Class 3 misdemeanor involving domestic violence. The incident arose out of allegations that respondent, while drunk, assaulted his wife in January 2006. Respondent was sentenced to probation, with domestic violence treatment and a suspended forty-five day jail sentence. He also was ordered not to consume alcohol. Respondent’s misconduct constituted grounds for the imposition of discipline pursuant to C.R.C.P. 251.5 and violated Colo. RPC 8.4(b).
No. 07PDJ016. People v. Sanger. 02/28/2007. One-Year Attorney Suspension.
The Presiding Disciplinary Judge approved a Conditional Admission of Misconduct submitted by the parties and suspended Susan Linda Sanger, attorney registration number 17149, from the practice of law for a period of one year and one day. Suspension was effective February 28, 2007.
On December 1, 2006, respondent pled guilty to: (1) possession of a controlled substance (schedule 2, more than one gram), in violation of CRS § 18-18-405(2)(a)(I)(A)—a class 4 felony; and (2) possession of drug paraphernalia, in violation of CRS § 18-18-208—a petty offense. Respondent’s misconduct constituted grounds for the imposition of discipline pursuant to C.R.C.P. 251.5(b) and violated Colo.RPC 8.4(b).
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