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Kansas Supreme Court disbars attorney for verbally abusive and disruptive behavior

October 19, 2010

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The Kansas Supreme Court has disbarred an attorney for a string of verbally abusive and disruptive behavior - including profanity-laden confrontations at Shawnee municipal court.

According to the opinion filed Oct. 8, Carlos Dupree Romious not only served jail time for criminal charges of disorderly conduct, he racked up numerous violations of the Kansas Rules of Professional Conduct, which govern attorneys in the state.

The Shawnee incidents occurred in April 2008, when Romious was representing a client in a city traffic case.

After using foul language to demand that the prosecutor meet with him in the courtroom, Romious approached the municipal court clerk's window and repeatedly rang the service bell, even as clerks were assisting him, according to the opinion.

Several days later, Romious returned to file paperwork at the clerk's office, where he called a clerk an explicit name, hit the glass and told her that “she better do what he told her to do,” the opinion said. Romious proceeded to tell the woman he was smarter than anyone in the office and repeatedly pointed at other clerks, using expletives to address them.

After the incident, Romious pleaded guilty in Johnson County District Court to disorderly conduct, and was sentenced to four days in jail.

According to findings in the opinion, Romious also:

• Served jail time for shoving and fighting with a Deputy U.S. Marshal at the federal courthouse in Kansas City, Kan. Romious set off the metal detector but refused to comply with security officers' orders and shouted profanities at them in the lobby, leading to the scuffle and arrest.

• Served 120 days in jail for contempt of court after repeatedly speaking over and insulting a circuit court judge in Green County, Mo.

• Misrepresented and dishonestly billed a Kansas Army National Guard captain, adversely impacting the client's military career.

• Was arrested in municipal court in Grandview, Mo., where, among other outbursts, he screamed that Grandview was full of “snakes.”

Romious could not be located for comment.

At the time of the disciplinary proceedings against him, his home address was listed as Kansas City, Mo.

Comments

laughingatallofu 3 years, 11 months ago

Sounds like this guy is giving lawyers a bad name.

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think_about_it 3 years, 11 months ago

Didn't we also have a President of the US disbarred not too long ago?

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kimk 3 years, 11 months ago

I would have loved to have had him as my attorney. He would have been a hoot!

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JustNoticed 3 years, 11 months ago

A Hoot!. That's what he is. A Hoot with a capital H!

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somedude20 3 years, 11 months ago

Not trying to make light of what Mr.Romious has done but he has served 124 days in jail for being "unprofessional" (would have used other words to describe his actions but Whitney would delete my post) and someone like Lindsay Lohan has had multi DUIs, was busted with coke, was "unprofessional in court, popped on mandatory urine tests and did something like 12 days. Just sayin....

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equalaccessprivacy 3 years, 11 months ago

I almost agree, consumer 1. Competence among lawyers in KS seems more the exception than the rule. Often times the only way to avoid misrepresentation by the courts in a corrupt venue like Douglas County is to hint at the possibility of making bar complaints for over-the-top unconstitutional behavior by law enforcement and the scuzzily dishonest criminal lawyers and prosecutors around there.

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Christine Anderson 3 years, 11 months ago

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Gary Pomeroy 3 years, 11 months ago

you know, it is the 98% of lawyers that make the other 2 % look bad . . . .

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Joe Hyde 3 years, 11 months ago

Disobeys a Court Security Officer at a metal detector checkpoint, then shoves and fights with a Deputy U.S. Marshal in the lobby of KCK's Dole Courthouse? Wow, behavior like that is "pushing the envelope" even for the most obnoxious attorneys (which, as CSO's know, are never in short supply).

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Fred Whitehead Jr. 3 years, 11 months ago

The Phelpses are lawyers. Why does not some bar them from the trade so they cannot raise money (if indeed this is the source of their filthy lucree) and travel about the country spreading their message of hatred?

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grammaddy 3 years, 11 months ago

Fred Sr. was disbarred twice, I believe.

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Brandon Devlin 3 years, 11 months ago

Too bad we can't get Shirley and the rest of their ilk disbarred as well. . .

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bearded_gnome 3 years, 11 months ago

• Was arrested in municipal court in Grandview, Mo., where, among other outbursts, he screamed that Grandview was full of “snakes.”

---okay, maybe that's a true statement then? I call for a grant for researching this vital question of our time!

why is it that sleezy and slimey come to mind to describe lawyers? one here in town, real friendly, will happily stab you in the back with a smile.
yes, I know there are good lawyers and I've known a couple of them too.
but • Was arrested in municipal court in Grandview, Mo., where, among other outbursts, he screamed that Grandview was full of “snakes.”

---takes one to know one!

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Uhlrick_Hetfield_III 3 years, 11 months ago

I remember one attorney in KCK who was disbarred because he asked a judge to recuse himself for being drunk on the bench. The judge later had competition when he ran for re-election and the only campaign issue was the allegation that the judge was a drunk.

Disbarment is usually reserved for solo practitioners and small time lawyers, the guys in the big firms are always given a pass.

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Bob Forer 3 years, 11 months ago

With behavior and a personality like this, the guy would have never made it through law school. I surmise his outrageous behavior is of fairly recent origin--the guy must be on crack or psychotic.

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snook3200 3 years, 11 months ago

From personal experience i believe that the people that work in city and government offices take advantage and mistreat people, making them wait and being disrespectful when they need assistance. That is unprofessional but do these people get any type of discipline....no. They can treat anyone however they want when they come in to the courts for assistance. This man should of contained himself but where is the responsibility of these employees paid by citizens that dont deserve this treatment. It goes both ways. City, county and government employees should learn to treat anyone and everyone with upmost respect just as they expect the same treatment when they are in the public themselves.

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JimmyJoeBob 3 years, 11 months ago

What took them so long to disbar this guy? There is no way anyone working in a city or government office would have lasted that long with out being fired. Most city and government employees are routinely abused by these unprofessional professional. Just because you have a law degree does not give you the green light to treat people like trash. Just another example of how the Bar Association takes care of their own.

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HaRDNoK9 3 years, 11 months ago

I wonder how much time he served for assaulting the Deputy US Marshall at the Federal courthouse? The man is probably crazy.

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John Hampton 3 years, 11 months ago

Was really hoping to see a Phelps as the focus of this story.... well, maybe next time.

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Jacks_Smirking_Revenge 3 years, 11 months ago

@TheSychophant - You'd be suprised the personalities that make it through law school... and then pass the bar.

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