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Topeka lawyer disbarred partly for his actions in local case

December 21, 2012

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A Topeka attorney was disbarred this week in the state of Kansas, partly for his actions as a defense attorney in a 2007 Douglas County robbery case.

Steven D. Rosel was the attorney for Mario O. Jordan, who was convicted of three local robberies.

Jordan was sentenced to 59 months in prison, but that conviction was overturned based on Rosel's ineffective assistance of counsel that led to a "manifest injustice," according to court documents.

Meanwhile, two other professional conduct complaints had been filed against Rosel. He's accused of making inappropriate advances toward a client's wife and then charging for the time he spent talking to her. Another client says that while he was being interviewed by police, Rosel was "disinterested, and possibly asleep."

Jordan in October pleaded guilty again to the charges and was released on probation after serving several years in prison.

Rosel is now prevented from practicing law in Kansas. The Journal-World was not immediately able to contact Rosel for comment.

In another action Wednesday, a Topeka attorney who stole more than $460,000 from several clients' trust funds and another accused of inadequately representing clients was also disbarred.

Robert Telthorst pleaded guilty last month to wire fraud and money laundering. He admitted to taking clients' money for his personal use.

One of the allegations against Telthorst was that he embezzled funds that were supposed to be designated for the Kansas University School of Business.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Comments

KansasLiberal 1 year, 12 months ago

"He's accused of making inappropriate advances toward a client's wife and then charging for the time he spent talking to her."

LOL

Progressive_Kansan 1 year, 12 months ago

Is this all based on what you read in the LJW? I don't think you really have any idea what you are talking about.

friendlyjhawk 1 year, 12 months ago

time to put officers with guns in lawyers offices.

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