Bailiwick News – May 1, 2018

April 19, 2018 SCBWA meeting, transcript excerpts – 5.1.18 Bailiwick News

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Disciplinary Board hearing update

I attended the Office of Disciplinary Counsel hearing regarding former District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller’s violations of Rules of Professional Conduct and potential sanctions. See 4.20.18 Bailiwick News for more detail.

I’m working on a full report, hoping to publish by the end of the week. In the meantime, briefly, at the start of the hearing, the chair of the three-person hearing panel informed the room that, whatever the hearing panel decides is a recommendation only, made to the full Disciplinary Board.

The full Disciplinary Board reviews the record and then makes its own recommendation to the Chief Justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. The D-Board can accept, reject, increase, or decrease the penalties recommended by the hearing panel.

The Chief Justice then passes the recommendations on to the full state Supreme Court, which again, can accept, reject, increase, or decrease the penalties recommended by the Disciplinary Board.

At the close of the hearing, the panel chair directed the parties – Disciplinary Counsel Anthony Czuchnicki and Respondent’s attorney, James Kutz – to file briefs after they receive transcripts of yesterday’s 6-hour hearing.

So, months of procedural hoops lie ahead.