Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Actual Bar Complaint, as filed

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.
Edmund Burke

BAR COMPLAINT

1. Please note below what Barack Hussein Obama, Esquire admitted to
and why any reasonable person would conclude that what he did or
failed to do was improper according to the rules and ethical standards
established by the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary
Commission.

Filed July 22, 2008

In re Barak Hussein Obama
Commission No. ___ CH __

Synopsis Of Complaint and Recommended Report

NATURE OF THE CASE: a) making a statement of material fact in
connection with a bar application that the applicant knows to be
false; b) committing a criminal act that reflects adversely on the
lawyer's fitness to practice law; c) engaging in conduct involving
dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation; d) engaging in conduct
prejudicial to the administration of justice; and e) engaging in
conduct which brings the courts or the legal profession into
disrepute.

RULES DISCUSSED: Rules 8.1; Rule 8.4(a)(3); 8.4(a)(4); 8.4(a)(5) of
the Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct and Supreme Court Rule 771

SANCTION: Disbarment

Filed July 22, 2008

BEFORE THE HEARING BOARD

OF THE

ILLINOIS ATTORNEY REGISTRATION

AND

DISCIPLINARY COMMISSION

In the Matter of:

BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA,

Attorney-Respondent,

No. ________.



Commission No. ___ CH _____



EVIDENCE

The Respondent first admitted illegal drug use by disclosing it in his
book, Dreams from My Father. Obama, Barack. Dreams from My Father: A
Story of Race and Inheritance. New York: Three Rivers Press, 1995. In
that book he admitted, "Pot had helped, and booze; maybe a little blow
when you could afford it. Not smack, though." pp. 93–94. The
Respondent knew that his activities were illegal. The drug use
occurred from as early as high school at least until he completed his
bachelors degree in New York City. He entered law school in 1988,
living in and traveling in Somerville and Cambridge. He graduated
from law school in 1991.

In about early 1991, Respondent submitted his application to take the
Illinois bar exam, in which he attested that his answers to the
questions were true and correct. In the Character and Fitness section,
questions 18 and 19 included the following statement:

NOTE. In connection with your answer to questions 18 and 19, you are
advised that no statute, court order, or legal proceeding withholding
adjudication, expunging information from any record, sealing any
record, or purporting to authorize any person to deny the existence of
occurrence of any information or matter shall excuse less than full
disclosure of any information or matter otherwise required to be
disclosed herein. You must answer questions 18 and 19; the attachment
of letters from law enforcement agencies in lieu of an answer is not
acceptable. Information provided in response to one of the two
questions need not be reported in response to the other.

18. Have you ever, either as an adult or juvenile, been cited,
arrested, accused, formally or informally, or convicted of any
violation of any law other than moving traffic violations.

In response to question 18, it is understood the Respondent answered
"no." The Respondent did not disclose his multiple drug use occurring
through his time in high school and college.

By this time in his life he was very mature and sophisticated person
that he either did or should have given a great deal of consideration
to his response to question 18 a great deal of consideration. He has
not disclosed if he consulted with anyone, such as Illinois attorney
Michelle Robinson(later his wife) before answering the question.

On December 17, 1991, Respondent was admitted to the practice of law
in Illinois. At no time prior to his admission to the Illinois bar,
did Respondent apprise the Illinois Character and Fitness Committee of
his involvement in illegal drug activity. If he had been caught he
likely would have been charged with criminal possession of a
controlled substance in the fifth degree which is a class D felony.
New York Penal Law Sec. 220.06 (McKinney).

The following individuals have personal knowledge of, or access to
documentation of these facts:

William Shaheen, Esquire
Shaheen & Gordon, P.A.
P.O. Box 977
140 Washington Street, 2nd Floor
Dover, NH 03821-0977
(603) 749-1838 fax
(603) 749-5000 phone
wshaheen@shaheengordon.com

Also see: 1.
http://my.barackobama.com/page/community/blog/observations
2. http://my.barackobama.com/page/community/post/latoyakidd/gGCJhC/

In about early 1991, Respondent submitted his application to take the
Illinois bar exam, in which he attested that his answers to the
questions were true and correct. In the Character and Fitness section,
question 49 included the following statement:

NOTE: In connection with your answers to questions 47, 48, and 49,
you are advised that no advice of counsel, statute, court order, or
legal proceeding withholding adjudication, expunging information from
any record, sealing any record, or purporting to authorize any person
to deny the existence or occurrence of any information or matter shall
excuse less than full disclosure of any information or matter
otherwise required to be disclosed herein. You must answer questions
47, 48, and 49; the submission of letters from law enforcement
agencies in lieu of an answer is not acceptable. If you are required
to report an incident in response to more than one of the three
questions, you are required to complete only one explanatory form
regarding that incident.

49. Have you ever been charged with a traffic violation involving
felonious conduct or the use or possession of alcohol or drugs or
which resulted in time spent in custody, a fine of $200 or more, or
the revocation or suspension of your driver's license?

51. Do you have any outstanding parking violations?

In response to question 49 & 51, the Respondent answered "no."

On December 17, 1991, Respondent was admitted to the practice of law
in Illinois. At no time prior to his admission to the Illinois bar,
did Respondent apprise the Illinois Character and Fitness Committee of
his multiple civil citations or his concealment of them on his bar
application.

The Respondent knew that he had incurred multiple violations. These
fines exceeded the $200.00 reporting threshold for a total of $400.00.
Between October 5, 1988 and January 12 1990, violations included
failing to put money in meters, parking in a resident-only area,
blocking a bus stop, and multiple tickets in the same day for
exceeding the time limit at a meter. At this time he was living at
365 Broadway, Somerville, Massacustts, 02144. The substance and
frequency of his disregard for legally valid rules demonstrate a
contempt for the rules. He obviously felt he was above the rules that
"the common folk" were expected to follow. All the time that he was
supposed to be attending to learning the law, he contemptuously
thumbed his nose even at simple parking rules. Do as I say, not as I
do! The fines and penalties went unpaid for almost two decades. He
asks others to obey the law yet he is too good and it is beneath him
to pay lowly parking fines. Its all about expediency, parking rules
don't apply to the "important people" and its too inconvenient and
time consuming to bother with finding a legal parking space. He is so
smart and virtuous that merely electing him will end the illegal war
in Iraq but finding a legal parking space near the elitist law school
it too taxing for him.

The following individuals have personal knowledge of, or access to
documentation of these facts:

Mrs. Susan Clippinger, Director Mr. Tom Champion, Spokesman
Cambridge Traffic, Parking & City of Somerville
Transportation Department Somerville, MA 02144
Cambridge, MA 02139 traffic@ci.somerville.ma.us
(617)349-4747 fax

Also see: 1. http://somervillenews.typepad.com/the_somerville_news/2007/03/obama_finally_p.html
2. http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2007/03/08/obama_paid_late_parking_tickets/


Evidence Offered in Mitigation

None. The Respondent does not have a good reputation for truthfulness
and veracity but continues even to this day to shade the truth and
mislead. The Respondent has never expressed remorse for his
intentional misleading and dishonesty.

FINDINGS OF FACT AND CONCLUSIONS OF LAW

In attorney disciplinary proceedings, the Administrator must establish
charges of lawyer misconduct by clear and convincing evidence. In re
Ingersoll, 186 Ill. 2d 163, 168, 710 N.E.2d 390 (1999). It is the
responsibility of the Hearing Panel to determine the credibility and
believability of the witnesses, weigh the conflicting testimony, draw
reasonable inferences, and make factual findings based upon all the
evidence. In re Timpone, 157 Ill. 2d 178, 196, 623 N.E.2d 300, 308
(1993). In this case, there is no dispute as to facts as the
Respondent readily admits them. With the above principles in mind and
after careful consideration of the evidence and exhibits, I ask the
Hearing Panel to make the following findings.

The Respondent should be charged with:

1.

making a statement of material fact in connection with a
bar application that the applicant knows to be false in violation of
Rule 8.1 of the Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct ("Rules");
2.

committing a criminal act that reflects adversely on the
lawyer's fitness to practice law in violation of Rule 8.4(a)(3) of the
Rules;
3.

engaging in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit
or misrepresentation in violation of Rule 8.4(a)(4) of the Rules;
4.

engaging in conduct prejudicial to the administration of
justice in violation of Rule 8.4(a)(5) of the Rules; and
5.

engaging in conduct which brings the courts or the legal
profession into disrepute in violation of Supreme Court Rule 771.

It is undisputed that the Respondent consumed illegal drugs and failed
to disclose that when completing his bar application. The Respondent
subsequently disclosed these actions in his own published writings.
Furthermore, he committed multiple criminal traffic violations which
he deceptively and intentionally failed to report them as required to
on his bar application. Of the 17 violations, cumulatively they
exceeded $350.00. By his own admission by his use of drugs he was
therefore in possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree
which is a class D felony. As a result, we find clear and convincing
evidence that the Respondent violated Rules 8.4(a)(3) and 8.4(a)(4).
It follows that such misconduct was prejudicial to the administration
of justice and brought the legal profession into disrepute.

In analyzing whether the attorney engaged in misconduct, we request
that the Hearing Board adopt the Administrator's previous suggestions
to employ a two-step process. First, the Hearing Board ascertained
whether in that particular case, appellate opinions were of a nature
to be properly identified in response to the question on the
application. If they were, the Hearing Board then examined the
attorney's state of mind to determine whether his failure to disclose
the information was purposeful.

The Hearing Board concluded that the appellate decisions were directed
at the trial court's actions, not the attorney's actions or
professional conduct and therefore found that the attorney responded
appropriately. In so finding, the Hearing Board did not reach the
second step of the analysis, but noted the attorney's candor and
credibility.

In applying the two-step analysis in this matter, we must first
determine whether the Respondent's conduct as a serial violator of the
criminal traffic laws was of a nature to be properly identified in
response to question 49 of the bar application. Question 49 asks,
"Have you ever been charged with a traffic violation involving
felonious conduct or the use or possession of alcohol or drugs or
which resulted in time spent in custody, a fine of $200 or more, or
the revocation or suspension of your driver's license?" It is known
that prior to the time the Respondent submitted his bar application
the record irrefutable proves that he his multiple citations
represented fines in excess of $200.00. As a result, we find the
Respondent's payment of the fines without objection in this case is
sufficient nature to be properly identified in response to question 49
on the bar application. Knowledge of his repeated violations when
understood in conjunction with the plain language of question 49, we
find the Respondent answered deceptively and that he therefore engaged
in intentional misconduct.


RECOMMENDATION

The purpose of the disciplinary system is to protect the public,
maintain the integrity of the legal system and safeguard the
administration of justice. In re Howard, 188 Ill. 2d 423, 434, 721
N.E.2d 1126 (1999). In determining the proper sanction, I ask that the
Hearing Board give deliberative consideration to the proven
misconduct. In re Witt, 145 Ill. 2d 380, 398, 583 N.E.2d 526 (1991).

In this matter the evidence demonstrates that the Respondent consumed
illegal drugs that should have resulted in felony charges and a felony
criminal conviction. The Respondent can be sanctioned under the Rules
of Professional Conduct for a criminal conviction even though he
committed such acts before he was admitted to the bar. See In re
Chandler, 161 Ill. 2d 459, 641 N.E.2d 473 (1994).

The Respondent has not cooperated fully with questions into his
illegal drug use and possible sale or distribution of drugs. While he
has no publicly known prior bar discipline we find multiple
aggravating factors. He has consistently denied his misconduct as it
relates to his bar application, failed to take genuine responsibility
for his actions, and demonstrated no remorse.

Based upon the well settled case law discussed above and the
considerable evidence in mitigation I believe disbarment is the
appropriate sanction.

CONCLUSION

Considering the nature of the Respondent's misconduct, the lack of
significant evidence in mitigation and the numerous instances of
aggravating factors, the movant recommends that the Respondent be
disbarred.

Search Results Label/Receipt Number: 7006 2150 0002 2527 0708
Status: Delivered

Your item was delivered at 2:32 PM on July 23, 2008 in CHICAGO, IL 60601.

8 comments:

drzlecuti said...

Time hangs heavy on your hands. An interesting exercise, and obviously quite time-consuming, though apart from the fulminating narrative portions, without much substance. I assume you're independently wealthy, on the dole, or just obsessed with parking meter violations.

By the way, how many times was Obama convicted of drug use?

SmartAssProducts said...

Good try but, unfortunately, I'm sure this will roll off the Teflon "nominee" just like all the OTHER damning things that have come up about him. And his followers will continue their adulation of him, blissfully unaware of what, exactly, they're supporting...

StupidMonkeyPlanet said...

Funny how you have managed to convict Obama of illegal drug possession/use, but not one state in the union has. The question is "HAVE YOU BEEN CONVICTED...???"
Show me the conviction.
By your standards GWB Jr should be on death row & Dick Cheney should, at the very least, be charged for felony attempted manslaughter for shooting a man in the face. A felony everywhere else I've checked.
Traffic tickets, please...
Keep stretching... reach for that rainbow, you idiot.

Ron Pauliac said...

Hey, Fuckwit.

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.
Edmund Burke


http://tartarus.org/~martin/essays/burkequote.html

Edmund Burke never said that. Another faux conservative with faux bumper sticker quotations. Fuck off and die. And your momma gives good head.

James L. Greenlee said...

What a laugh. I've got to wonder how hard you want to push a candidate's transgressions regarding drug use and motor vehicle "crimes."

Didn't George W. Bush and Dick Cheney get charged with DUIs? Hasn't substance abuse also been confirmed with W. as well? He didn't get the nickname "Chimpy McCokespoon" for nothing!

As for your little project here, you quite obviously are trying to give Barack Obama a black eye--and maybe get a name for yourself in the process? You can't possibly actually be bothered by some youthful drug use and unpaid parking tickets.

What is your agenda?

Dan said...

OK, pretty clearly, you have some issues. But this is pretty pathetic. First off, Question 18, as you yourself repeated it asks: Have you ever, either as an adult or juvenile, been cited,
arrested, accused, formally or informally, or convicted
of any
violation of any law other than moving traffic violations.

It doesn't ask or require the disclosure of alleged crimes. Arguably, it might require the disclosure of someone making unfounded accusations -- like you -- but I don't think disbarment is a likely outcome if someone fails to say "Some anonymous dude says I did drugs."

And then there's questions 49 and 51.

49. Have you ever been charged with a traffic violation involving
felonious conduct or the use or possession of alcohol or drugs or
which resulted in time spent in custody, a fine of $200 or more, or
the revocation or suspension of your driver's license
?

Parking violations are not felonious conduct. There's no suggestion -- not even in your fevered retelling of the story -- that drugs or alcohol were involved in any parking violations Obama might have had. No custody, revocation or suspension of license either. So you're hanging your hat on whether a cumulative total of parking fines that exceeds $200 requires disclosure in response to a question about "a traffic violation ... which resulted in ... a fine of $200.00 or more ...." Good luck with that, and you might try some remedial reading comprehension classes while you're waiting to hear back.

Finally, #51:

51. Do you have any outstanding parking violations?

Editorializing aside, your "evidence" is that between October October 5, 1988 and January 12, 1990, Obama had some parking tickets. And that in "early 1991" (you don't have the exact date, do you?) when he applied to take the Illinois bar, he said he didn't have any outstanding parking tickets. This fails from the start, since you don't even allege in your "complaint" that the 1988-1990 tickets were outstanding when he made the application.

Really, do you have nothing better to do with your time? This is the sort of thing that real lawyers get sanctioned for.

John said...

Fasc1st. Great blog name. Oh, I misread that. No, wait. I didn't.

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