Bart Mendoza 5 p.m., March 4
Former Ethics Commissioner disciplined by state bar
Krishna Haney, who drove car while impaired, must go to bar's Ethics School
Krishna Haney, a former commissioner of the San Diego Ethics Commission (appointed by former Mayor Jerry Sanders), has been disciplined by the California State Bar. In 2011, her car struck an emergency call box. She went to a gas station and asked a person to loan her money to buy gas. According to the bar's statement, she pleaded with a witness not to call 911 because she did not have money for health or auto insurance and didn't want her car impounded.
She stated she had had a panic attack. She admitted that she had taken drugs Clonezepam, Cymbalta, Flexeril, and hydrocodone that day. Ultimately, she pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of hydrocodone, a narcotic analgesic. She said she used pain killers for an injury. She tested negative for the presence of alcohol but had committed an alcohol-related driving offense in 2001. For the period of one year, she must submit quarterly reports to the Office of Probation, attend abstinence-based self-help meetings twice a month, and attend the bar's Ethics School.
She formerly worked for Gordon & Rees and the firm of La Bella and McNamara, launched by Charles La Bella, the personal lawyer for John Moores. La Bella got his client off the hook on the Valerie Stallings gift matter and in lawsuits related to the fraud-sated tech company, Peregrine. The firm broke up when La Bella went back to work for the federal government.
In another bar action, Joy Ann Bull has been suspended from the practice of law for 90 days, and will be on probation for one year. While working for the firm Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd, which she has now left, she submitted expense claims that were later shown to be inflated. She said she had erred, partly because she was grieving over the death of her husband. The Robbins Geller firm is an outgrowth of a firm started by William Lerach, who went to prison for misdeeds and was disbarred.
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