The Pennsylvania Supreme Courtroom on Thursday suspended the law license of an lawyer in York for two several years soon after the disciplinary board located that he experienced engaged in specialist misconduct in 5 different instances.
Clarence Allen, 69, demonstrated an “egregious sample of neglect and incompetence, which generally moments prejudiced the administration of justice,” according to a 37-site report. He received an informal admonition for “nearly identical misconduct” in 2019.
“The aims of the attorney disciplinary program consist of guarding the general public from unfit lawyers, maintain the integrity of the bar, and upholding regard for the authorized program,” wrote Tioga County District Decide Robert Repard, a member of the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court docket of Pennsylvania, in the report.
“Upon this file, we conclude that Respondent’s various breaches of his obligations to his clients coupled with his prior disciplinary background, his lack of remorse, and his failure to accept responsibility demonstrate that he is unfit to practice legislation and is a risk to the general public,” he included.
Allen said he experienced not nonetheless noticed the purchase. He reported the disciplinary board did not talk with four of the 5 purchasers.
“No a single talked to the customers, and the shoppers never complained about my illustration,” Allen reported.
In one particular scenario, Allen unsuccessful to show up to a pretrial meeting for a customer who experienced intellectual and developmental disabilities. The gentleman was experiencing costs of aggravated assault and strangulation, in accordance to court files.
Due to the fact he believed that he was going to jail, court paperwork point out, the gentleman became nervous, fearful and agitated.
Allen then failed to appear at a listening to that a choose set for him to reveal his absence, court paperwork state.
Later on, Allen described that he had not been given discover of that hearing. He also said that he did not display up for the pretrial convention due to the fact he’d submitted an application on behalf of his shopper for wellness courtroom, in accordance to courtroom files.
But Allen did not file that application until finally 11 times after the pretrial conference, court paperwork state, so his clarification was “false and misleading.”
York County Popular Pleas Choose Craig T. Trebilcock discovered Allen in immediate felony contempt and fined him $1,500. He has not compensated something.
Trebilcock filed a disciplinary complaint versus Allen “due to his pattern of failing to seem for hearings and other proceedings,” in accordance to courtroom files.
In the course of the disciplinary proceedings, Allen testified that he “just wished to get this more than with” and said that he’d “had ample.”
“If you suspend my license, fantastic. If I go to jail, good. I have experienced sufficient,” Allen testified. “It’s 33 decades and I’m just exhausted. I have no a lot more struggle left in me.”
Allen has represented consumers like Charles Benjamin, who pleaded no contest in 2021 to abusing and neglecting 5 of his young young children in a property in West York that law enforcement described as a “house of horrors.”
Dylan Segelbaum is the courthouse reporter at the York Daily Report, component of the United states Nowadays Network. Call him at [email protected], by mobile phone at 717-916-3981 or on Twitter @dylan_segelbaum.