Several Oklahoma attorneys disciplined for neglecting cases, having sex with clients

Sunday, March 20th 2005, 11:10 am

By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ Nearly 80 Oklahoma attorneys have been disbarred, suspended or resigned in the past five years for neglecting cases, embezzling settlement checks or having sex with clients.

Some were disciplined after getting criminal convictions.

About 30 disciplinary cases are now pending before the Oklahoma Supreme Court _ the final step in a process where attorneys police themselves.

Justices in February suspended an attorney for a year for having sex with a particularly vulnerable client.

The Supreme Court is getting tougher on attorneys for sexual misconduct, sanctioning even flirting with clients.

One attorney in 2003 was censured after his divorce client reported he had touched her inappropriately and made other advances.

Justices say they want to show that kind of behavior will not be tolerated.

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