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Former DA's office attorney suspended for conspiracy

Five county lawyers disciplined by state bar

According to the January California Bar Journal, the following San Diego County lawyers have been disciplined by the state bar.

Allison Christine Worden of San Diego was suspended for 60 days and placed on two years of probation. In 2013, a jury found her guilty of conspiracy to obstruct justice and alteration or destruction of a traffic ticket. Worden and a friend, then both deputy district attorneys, had been given a citation for Worden's failure to wear a seat belt. Worden called a friend in the police department who agreed to dismiss the citations without talking to the traffic officer. Worden then asked her colleague to destroy the citation, but the friend wouldn't do so. Worden resigned from the DA's office.

Verne Craig Scholl of Carlsbad was suspended for three years because he failed to comply with terms of his probation by not attending the bar's ethics and accounting schools.

Herchel McCoy Sims of Oceanside was suspended for six months. In 2013, he had mistakenly named a company in a lawsuit. The company demanded to be dismissed, but over two years Sims did not do so. The court dismissed the company from the suit in an ex parte hearing that Sims did not attend.

Donald William McVay of Rancho Santa Fe was suspended for a year and put on two years of probation. He had practiced law while unauthorized to do so, he had received illegal fees while suspended, and claimed he had not practiced law while suspended, which was not true.

Dayle A. Vinzant of San Diego was placed on interim suspension following a felony conviction for maintaining a place for the purpose of unlawfully selling, giving away, and using a controlled substance.

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According to the January California Bar Journal, the following San Diego County lawyers have been disciplined by the state bar.

Allison Christine Worden of San Diego was suspended for 60 days and placed on two years of probation. In 2013, a jury found her guilty of conspiracy to obstruct justice and alteration or destruction of a traffic ticket. Worden and a friend, then both deputy district attorneys, had been given a citation for Worden's failure to wear a seat belt. Worden called a friend in the police department who agreed to dismiss the citations without talking to the traffic officer. Worden then asked her colleague to destroy the citation, but the friend wouldn't do so. Worden resigned from the DA's office.

Verne Craig Scholl of Carlsbad was suspended for three years because he failed to comply with terms of his probation by not attending the bar's ethics and accounting schools.

Herchel McCoy Sims of Oceanside was suspended for six months. In 2013, he had mistakenly named a company in a lawsuit. The company demanded to be dismissed, but over two years Sims did not do so. The court dismissed the company from the suit in an ex parte hearing that Sims did not attend.

Donald William McVay of Rancho Santa Fe was suspended for a year and put on two years of probation. He had practiced law while unauthorized to do so, he had received illegal fees while suspended, and claimed he had not practiced law while suspended, which was not true.

Dayle A. Vinzant of San Diego was placed on interim suspension following a felony conviction for maintaining a place for the purpose of unlawfully selling, giving away, and using a controlled substance.

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Worden's offense (not wearing a seat belt) was a mere infraction. Oh, the fine would have been substantial--they all are. But here is a textbook example of how the coverup is far worse than the "crime." I'd have assumed that when she quit the DA's office, that would have been the end of it. But when there's a conviction, I suppose the Bar has to do something. A sixty-day suspension is really not much punishment.

Jan. 8, 2017

Visduh:Yes, the coverup (attempted) was more consequential than the crime. Best, Don Bauder

Jan. 8, 2017

Debra Kuzma: The DA's elder abuse unit is generally considered good. This suggests otherwise. Best, Don Bauder

Jan. 8, 2017

Mike Murphy: Kinda like the jokes about the lawyer who can't pass the bar. Best, Don Bauder

Jan. 8, 2017

that why the bars in bars are fastened to the floor securly

Jan. 9, 2017

Murphyjunk: Does that prevent those who break their ankles falling off a bar stool from suing? Best, Don Bauder

Jan. 10, 2017

I'm just wondering if all those who commented negatively on the Mary Frances Prevost story from last year - http://www.sandiegoreader.com/news/2016/dec/07/ticker-bulldog-lawyer-mary-frances-prevost/#comments - will be commenting on your reporting on the Worden disciplinary action by the State Bar.

Many, who alleged to be attorneys in their comments, had their respective noses bent out-of-shape on that report. They specifically called out Worden's misstep and the lack of Bar action. Maybe now they should be praising you on the balanced reporting as well as actions of the Bar.

Jan. 8, 2017

JustWondering: The negative comments abruptly stopped when it was revealed that Prevost in college had disguised herself as a young delivery boy and stabbed her ex-lover's current live-in. Best, Don Bauder

Jan. 8, 2017

Yes, you're correct, and I noticed that too. I was going to bring up that bizarre criminal behavior again. But since you did, I'm just wondering how one who perpetrates a crime, like attempted murder, still gets to be a lawyer. Are there no standards against crimes like these?

Jan. 8, 2017

JustWondering: One lawyer who called me about Prevost said that a person can be convicted of murder and still become a bar-certified lawyer. Best, Don Bauder

Jan. 8, 2017

Thanks Don. I was just wondering (sorry for the pun) about that as well. I don't think that's a good policy.

Jan. 9, 2017

ImJustABill: I haven't had the time to find out: 1. If murderers can get a law license, and 2. If so, why? Best, Don Bauder

Jan. 10, 2017

Fits crazy policy that licensed legallosers can twist-a-fact and lie under oath (remember OJ). On Golden Globe Awards show for recognition of movies and TV, several good speeches last night but best one-liner was Hugh Laurie thanking psychopathic billionaires everywhere. Just read something I interpret as, White Washington: making the world safe for dictators.

Jan. 9, 2017

shirleyberan: Washington DC will never be more ripe for sociopathic dictators than it is now. Best, Don Bauder

Jan. 10, 2017

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