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San Diego lawyers in trouble

Allegedly chokes girlfriend, then presents "evidence of his good character"

The August issue of the Calbar Journal reveals that still more San Diego area lawyers are getting disciplined for inappropriate or felonious behavior.

Nicholas Andrew Konoske of San Diego was put on one year of probation. In March of 2014, Konoske was arrested for allegedly attacking a girlfriend after accusing her of seeing other men. "He put his hands around her neck and destroyed her phone and laptop during the incident," says the bar publication. He had no prior record of discipline and "presented evidence of his good character," says the publication.

Richard Medina of San Diego was placed on interim suspension. Last year, he was convicted of conspiracy to operate an "unlicensed money transmitting business, knowingly causing or attempting to cause a domestic financial institution to file a report that contained a material omission or misstatement of fact and operation of an unlicensed money transmitting business." These were felony charges.

Bruce Howard Sobel of San Diego was suspended from practice of law for three years and 90 days. He had been suspended in 2014 for misconduct in a number of matters including "aiding in the unauthorized practice of law, making false statements in a State Bar investigation," making misleading statements in the loan-modification business, misappropriating client funds, and seeking to mislead a judge. He was suspended again this year for late compliance required by the earlier disciplinary order.

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The August issue of the Calbar Journal reveals that still more San Diego area lawyers are getting disciplined for inappropriate or felonious behavior.

Nicholas Andrew Konoske of San Diego was put on one year of probation. In March of 2014, Konoske was arrested for allegedly attacking a girlfriend after accusing her of seeing other men. "He put his hands around her neck and destroyed her phone and laptop during the incident," says the bar publication. He had no prior record of discipline and "presented evidence of his good character," says the publication.

Richard Medina of San Diego was placed on interim suspension. Last year, he was convicted of conspiracy to operate an "unlicensed money transmitting business, knowingly causing or attempting to cause a domestic financial institution to file a report that contained a material omission or misstatement of fact and operation of an unlicensed money transmitting business." These were felony charges.

Bruce Howard Sobel of San Diego was suspended from practice of law for three years and 90 days. He had been suspended in 2014 for misconduct in a number of matters including "aiding in the unauthorized practice of law, making false statements in a State Bar investigation," making misleading statements in the loan-modification business, misappropriating client funds, and seeking to mislead a judge. He was suspended again this year for late compliance required by the earlier disciplinary order.

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Ain't love grand? Imagine if he hadn't been of good character.

Aug. 4, 2016

MichaelValentine: This coosome twosome had some differences. Best, Don Bauder

Aug. 4, 2016

Wow! Where do they find these people?!

Read that many poor, criminal defendants in many States get assigned a public defender with backbreaking case loads..who rush through their life changing cases and may end up behind bars because a licensed professional did not have the time and/or the resources to provide a proper defense.

There are some serious problems with the criminal justice and the civil court systems in this country.

Aug. 5, 2016

SportsFan0000: Oh yes, the public defender system has stark flaws. The attorneys are overloaded with cases and may not have the time to do the research that the client merits. In such cases, an innocent person may wind up behind bars. Best, Don Bauder

Aug. 5, 2016

When I think of lawyers an old saying and a joke immediately come to mind. "Lawyers are to justice as prostitutes are to love." and "What do you call a hundred lawyers on the bottom of the ocean. A good start."

Aug. 7, 2016

JohnERangel; Excellent. And remember, Shakespeare said, "First, we kill all the lawyers."

On another topic, Dorothy Parker penned, "If you laid all the girls who attended the Yale prom end to end, I wouldn't be a bit surprised." Best, Don Bauder

Aug. 8, 2016

Mike Murphy: Lawyers who show clients how to evade the law are common. Securities lawyers representing corporations and individual swindlers are the most numerous, it seems. Best, Don Bauder

Aug. 14, 2016

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