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Disciplinary Reporter Case Digest

Attorney ID 46044
Attorney Name Swift, MaryAnn F.
DBP Docket No. 158 DB 2005
Supreme Court Docket No. 1280 DD No. 3
County Montgomery
Disciplinary Counsel Barbara S. Rosenberg
Counsel for Respondent None
Decision Date 2007-11-30
Effective Date 2007-12-30
Case Digest Respondent made false and scandalous accusations against three judges in various public formats. Respondent made false and derogatory statements about judges and other court personnel in various pleadings, open court, and communications with the court. Respondent did not deny having made these statements in the pleadings and correspondence. She asserted that she had no problem with the things she wrote and took full credit. Respondent repeatedly used derogatory and racist terms to describe and refer to two of the judges in her correspondence and pleadings. Respondent interjected irrelevant discussions of her own conflicts with two of the judges in filings in post-trial proceedings in which she was court-appointed defense counsel. Relying on the Barrish, Surrick and Price cases, the Board recommended a suspension for five years. The Supreme Court agreed.
Rule Violation(s) RPC 1.1, 1.7(a)(2), 1.7(b), 3.3(a)(1), 3.5(b), 8.2(b), 8.4(c) and 8.4(d).
Discipline Imposed Five year suspension.
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