Disciplinary Reporter Case Digest

Attorney ID 72294
Attorney Name McKnight, Anthony J.
DBP Docket No. 156 DB 1994
Supreme Court Docket No. 93 D.D. No. 3
County Philadelphia
Disciplinary Counsel Gloria R. Ammons
Counsel for Respondent Pro Se
Decision Date 2001-04-02
Effective Date
Case Digest Respondent was convicted of simple assault in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia after Respondent acted in a menacing manner toward his ex-fiancée and threw a beer on her while they were at an entertainment establishment. Respondent’s conduct was part of a course of destructive and harassing behavior toward the ex-fiancée, which lasted for approximately fourteen months. Respondent was sentenced to 180 days in jail, suspended as to all but 45 days; two years supervised probation; required to enter and complete a domestic intervention program; and required to undergo counseling. Respondent’s discipline was aggravated by the following factors. Respondent had a prior record of discipline in the form of an informal admonition received in 1997. In 1997, Respondent was found in contempt of court on two counts for failure to appear in court on behalf of a client and was $500 for each count. In 1998, Respondent was found in contempt of court and sentenced to 100 hours of community service. In 1999, Respondent was transferred to inactive status for failure to comply with CLE requirements. Respondent failed to withdraw from civil and criminal cases in which he was listed counsel of record as required. Respondent admitted he was aware he had to withdraw. The Hearing Committee requested that Respondent send letters to the Court withdrawing his appearance and provide copies of letters to Hearing Committee. Respondent said he would do so. Respondent did not submit any evidence to the Hearing Committee that he did so prior to the Committee issuing its report and recommendation.
Rule Violation(s) 203(b)(1)
Discipline Imposed One Year & One Day Suspension
Points of Law A lawyer convicted of assault after a pattern of destructive and harassing behavior toward a former finacee will be suspended.
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