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Disciplinary Reporter Case Digest

Attorney ID 25357
Attorney Name McFadden, John C.
DBP Docket No. 121 DB 2008 & 41 DB 2009
Supreme Court Docket No. 1413 & 1472 DD No. 3
County Delaware
Disciplinary Counsel Patricia A. Dugan
Counsel for Respondent Samuel C. Stretton
Decision Date 2009-11-23
Effective Date 2010-10-06
Case Digest On April 21, 2008, Respondent pled guilty to two misdemeanor counts of criminal mischief arising from arrests on January 5, 2008 and December 30, 2007. Respondent was sentenced to 97 days to 23 months incarceration on each sentence running concurrently and ordered to comply with out-patient alcohol and psychological treatment, counseling therapy and medication therapy. Respondent was arrested on May 7, 2008 and on August 18, 2008, entered a nolo contendere plea to one misdemeanor count of terroristic threats. Respondent was sentenced to 3 years probation and ordered to undergo a psychological evaluation and psychiatric evaluation and comply with any recommendation. As a result of the May 7, 2008, arrest, Respondent was arrested for violating his parole. On March 18, 2008, May 20, 2008, and November 21, 2008, Respondent pled guilty to public drunkenness. On each occasion Respondent was sentenced and ordered to pay fines and costs. On October 6, 2008, the Supreme Court placed Respondent on temporary suspension. Respondent presented evidence for mitigation. Respondentís treating physician prepared a report and opined that Respondentís behavior was due to the onset of a manic phase of bipolar disorder.
Rule Violation(s) RPC 8.4(b); Pa.R.D.E. 202(b)(1)
Discipline Imposed Suspension for two years
Points of Law
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