Scott Marks 3:29 p.m., May 24
Second second chance
Disbarred attorney released from custody again
This afternoon a San Diego County Superior Court judge granted probation to Michael Theodore Pines, who was captured as a fugitive in Mexico last month.
“I’m gonna give Mister Pines an opportunity to prove himself on probation,” Honorable K. Michael Kirkman said today, November 26, 2012.
Judge Kirkman went through the cases in which the defendant had pleaded guilty, and determined the sentence for each offense, and then ordered those sentences to run concurrently. Then the judge “stayed” all those sentences, and granted Pines probation. The result is that M. T. Pines could serve up to 3 years in prison if he violates probation – again.
Michael Theodore Pines, 60, could have been sentenced to 4 years and 8 months for offenses he admitted in his plea deals, according to court documents.
M.T. Pines was captured in Mexico and brought back by U.S. Marshals on October 19, 2012. He was a “failure to appear” for two court appearances in San Diego County in weeks prior, and a Superior Court judge issued a bench warrant. Since his capture in Mexico, Pines had been held without bail.
Prosecutor James Romo said today that the California Supreme Court officially disbarred Michael Theodore Pines on November 16, 2012. The much-arrested attorney was “involuntarily ordered inactive” by California’s State Bar more than a year ago. M.T. Pines has been in San Diego County courtrooms and jails many times over the past two years, with his own problems.
In his plea deals, M.T. Pines admitted making a written extortion threat, as a felony, and he has twice admitted practicing law while suspended from the State bar.
There appears to be another, different attorney named Michael Pines who practices personal injury law out of his La Jolla offices, in San Diego County.