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Conditional Admissions of Misconduct Issued by the PDJ
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No. 07PDJ024. People v. Hurst. 09/11/2007. Attorney Suspended Three Months—Suspension Stayed Pending Successful Completion of Probation.
The PDJ approved a Conditional Admission of Misconduct submitted by the parties and suspended Laurie A. Hurst, attorney registration number 36575, for a period of three years. All but six months of the suspension are stayed pending successful completion of a two-and-one-half-year probation. Sanction was effective September 11, 2007.
In the spring of 2006, while serving as a Deputy District Attorney for the Eighteenth Judicial District, respondent began an affair with an Eighteenth Judicial District magistrate. For the next several months, while respondent practiced in the magistrate’s courtroom, she engaged in conduct that brought disrepute upon the judiciary and the District Attorney’s Office.
Respondent’s misconduct constituted grounds for the imposition of discipline pursuant to C.R.C.P. 251.5(b). Her misconduct violated Colo. RPC 8.3(b); Colo. RPC 8.4(c); Colo. RPC 8.4(d); and Colo. RPC 8.4(f).
No. 06PDJ102. People v. Lufman. 08/29/2007. Attorney Suspended Six Months—All But Thirty Days Stayed.
The PDJ approved a Conditional Admission of Misconduct submitted by the parties and suspended Tyrone Lewis Lufman, attorney registration number 29580, from the practice of law for a period of six months. All but thirty days of the suspension are stayed. Sanction was effective October 15, 2007.
On November 5, 2005, an altercation occurred between respondent and his ex-spouse, who suffered bodily injuries including a cut to her face and a cut to her lip, both of which required stitches. In May 2006, respondent pled guilty to third-degree assault, a class 1 misdemeanor, in violation of CRS § 18-3-204. He thereafter successfully completed all of the conditions of his one-year deferred judgment and the case was dismissed in May 2007. His misconduct constituted grounds for the imposition of discipline pursuant to C.R.C.P. 251.5 and violated Colo. RPC 8.4(b).
No. 07PDJ035. People v. Montgomery. 08/22/2007. Attorney Suspended Six Months—Petition for Reinstatement Required.
The PDJ approved an Amended Conditional Admission of Misconduct submitted by the parties and suspended Cynthia Ann Montgomery, attorney registration number 35628, for a period of six months, with the requirement that she petition for reinstatement. Suspension was effective August 22, 2007.
In September 2005, an individual hired respondent to represent her in a dissolution of marriage action. Respondent thereafter recklessly failed to timely serve special interrogatories and requests for protection of documents. She also improperly withdrew funds from her client’s retainer fee before performing any work, and failed to provide billing statements. Respondent’s misconduct constituted grounds for the imposition of discipline pursuant to C.R.C.P. 251.5(b), and violated Colo. RPC 1.3; Colo. RPC 1.4(a) and (b); Colo. RPC 1.5; Colo. RPC 1.15(a) and (c); and Colo. RPC 8.4(c).
No. 07PDJ049. People v. Ringgenberg. 08/22/2007. Attorney Suspended Three Months.
The PDJ approved a Conditional Admission of Misconduct submitted by the parties and suspended John L. Ringgenberg, attorney registration number 26319, from the practice of law for a period of three months. Suspension was effective August 22, 2007.
On October 23, 2006, respondent pled guilty to third-degree misdemeanor assault, in violation of CRS § 18-9-111(2)(a), following an incident on August 27, 2006. His misconduct constituted grounds for the imposition of discipline pursuant to C.R.C.P. 251.5 and violated Colo. RPC 8.4(b).