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Archive for Friday, April 16, 1993

COURT SUSPENDS LOCAL ATTORNEY

April 16, 1993

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The Kansas Supreme Court suspended a Lawrence attorney today.

John Hooge, whose office is at 303 W. 11th, was suspended from practicing law for one year. The high court said he used a client's money for his own benefit.

A court official said the events prompting the discipline occurred in 1985.

Hooge said he repaid the client immediately and that the action was filed by an associate of the client three years later.

"The disciplinary adminstration recommendated two years probation, the discipline panel recommended two years probation, the Supreme Court disagreed," Hooge said.

Hooge's suspension takes effect immediately.

The court also disbarred two attorneys today and disciplined one other.

Richard Keithley of Kansas City, Kan., was disbarred after being convicted of aggravated incest.

Wichita attorney Timothy Wood also was disbarred. The court said he mishandled a child support case and a bankruptcy filing.

The court indefinitely suspended the license of Topeka attorney Charles Pomeroy, who was accused of forging the name of a judge on documents in an estate case. Pomeroy may apply for reinstatement after three years.

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