Walter Mencken 11:31 a.m., Feb. 1
Disbarred attorney back in jail again
Jail records show that Michael Theodore Pines was arrested about 8 p.m. yesterday, and is currently held in San Diego’s downtown jail.
The Sheriff’s website states that Pines was captured by U.S. Marshals and booked Friday evening, October 19, 2012.
The unusual, disbarred attorney failed to appear for two court hearings in less than two weeks, on September 26 and October 9, and a San Diego Superior Court judge issued a no-bail warrant.
Michael Theodore Pines was “involuntarily ordered inactive” and disbarred by the California State Bar more than a year ago. He has been in San Diego County courtrooms and jails many times over the past two years, with his own problems.
Most recently, Michael Theodore Pines, 60, admitted making a written extortion threat, a felony. He also admitted practicing law while suspended from the State bar – which he had also admitted in an earlier plea deal.
In his most recent admission of guilt dated August 28, 2012, Michael Theodore Pines also admitted misdemeanor trespass. As part of the felony deal, he was released on condition that he wear electronic monitoring and “receive appropriate medical attention at appropriate facility.” Pines’ mental competency has been questioned in past, by various judges. He could be sentenced to 4 years and 8 months for offenses he has already admitted, according to court documents.
In past, Pines publicly positioned himself as a champion of persons in danger of losing their homes, and he spoke of conspiracies involving banks and people in power.
There appears to be another, different attorney named Michael Pines who practices personal injury law in San Diego County.
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- Arrest warrant issued for disbarred attorney — Oct. 10, 2012
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