Kansas attorney disbarred for ‘ghosting’ clientele, the courts and investigators

SALINA, Kan. (KSNT) — A Salina legal professional has been disbarred for “ghosting” his clients, the courts, and investigators in instances that date again as much as 2017, in accordance to court administrators. The Kansas Supreme Court docket disbarred James D. Sweet in an viewpoint filed Friday.

The Deputy Disciplinary Administrator Kathleen Lippert said the disbarment stems from two complaints submitted by two clients symbolizing 4 distinct civil instances.

Lippert appeared just before the Kansas Supreme Court docket and outlined a listing of issues towards Sweet, expressing the investigation experienced lasted five months and Sweet experienced in no way met with an investigator.

Sweet experienced been employed to defend a bar proprietor recognized only as E.G. and one more shopper discovered as J.M. in 3 civil fits. Both of those shoppers said Sweet failed to surface for courtroom hearings, failed to prepare for hearings, and failed to tell customers of settlement provides.

Despite the fact that Sweet was offered an opportunity to show up by Zoom videoconference, he notified the court docket he would not be capable to surface for a hearing.

Sweet faced both disbarment or indefinite suspension. The court selected to disbar Sweet.

The respondent’s actions and inactions wasted resources of the trial courtroom and the investigators. Much more importantly, those people things respondent did and failed to do triggered excellent fiscal and psychological harm to his consumers.”

The Kansas Supreme Court docket

The courtroom requested Sweet to include the price of the proceedings.