Tuesday, December 07, 2004


Hello and Welcome! (...is this thing on?)

Hello and welcome to Mercury Rising. This blog has been started by Phoenix Woman, a longtime poster on several different blogs, message boards, bathroom walls and the like. I've decided to see what life is like on the other side of the blog wall. For those of you that know me, you won't be in the least surprised that I find the following subject matter hilarious as hell (hint: it has a lot to do with the mysterious picture posted above):

From http://www.sianews.com/:

FreeRepublic.com's Attorney Brian Buckley DISBARRED by

California Bar Assoc.

Brian Buckley [screen-name "Clarity"], attorney for FreeRepublic.com, was disbarred by the California Bar Association on a variety of counts. Click link to check it all out.

Effective Date Description Case Number 12/4/2004 Status changed to: Disbarred

12/4/2004 Disbarment 03-N-03962

6/27/2004 Ordered inactive 03-N-03962

3/21/2004 Ordered inactive 02-O-10118

3/21/2004 Ordered inactive 03-N-03962

9/16/2003 Suspended, failed to pay Bar membr. fees

3/2/2003 Discipline w/actual suspension 99-O-12155

6/1/2002 Status changed to: Not Entitled

6/1/2002 Ordered inactive 99-O-12155

1/16/2002 Status changed to: Active

9/1/2001 Status changed to: Not Entitled

9/1/2001 Admin Inactive/MCLE noncompliance

12/10/1984 Admitted to the Bar

CBJ Discipline Summaries: Summaries from the California Bar Journal are based on discipline orders but are not the official records. Not all discipline actions have associated CBJ summaries. Copies of official attorney discipline records are available upon request.

March 2, 2003

BRIAN L. BUCKLEY [#116705], 48, of Los Angeles was suspended for one year, stayed, actually suspended for 30 days and until the State Bar Court grants a motion to terminate the suspension, and he was ordered to take the MPRE. If the suspension exceeds 90 days, he must comply with rule 955; if it exceeds two years, he must prove his rehabilitation. The order took effect March 2, 2003.

In a default proceeding, the bar court found that Buckley failed to perform competently, communicate with a client or promptly return a client file.

He represented a client in a wrongful termination lawsuit that settled for $600,000. One quarter was to be attorney fees. Fowler agreed to dismiss the suit after full satisfaction of payment, which was to be delivered in installments.

Once Buckley received his fee, he was to execute the necessary documents so the remaining payments would go directly to his client's family attorney. However, he did not do so, and instead continued to receive settlement checks without notifying his client. He eventually delivered 20 checks to his client, but one bounced.

Buckley received four final installments without notifying the client, dismissed the lawsuit before the client was paid, and waited another year to give the client the full settlement.

He did not return his client's numerous phone calls or release his file to the client's new lawyer. After several months, he provided a portion of the file to the other attorney.

(...testing the comments section...)
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Keep slogging or blogging away.
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