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Knife-wielding attorney threatens spouse

Bar suspends him for 90 days

On December 5, 2016, the San Diego County District Attorney filed a criminal complaint against personal injury attorney David Thaddeus Achord for, among several things, threatening his wife with a knife and resisting an officer of the law. On March 21 of last year, he pleaded guilty to inflicting corporal injury on a spouse, and obstructing a public peace officer. The State Bar of California suspended him from practice of law from July to December last year.

On May 3 of this year, the bar, after studying the matter, said Achord would be suspended for 90 days and placed on probation for a year. According to the bar, on September 6, 2016, Achord jabbed a knife at his wife and told her, “I’m going to slit your throat!” She said the knife came within six inches of her face. Sheriff’s deputies arrived and Achord threatened violence to a sheriff’s deputy who had arrived.

On November 26, 2016, beginning at 7:30 a.m., Achord “threw [his spouse] to the ground and dragged her to the couch where he hit her in the stomach an estimated 30 times,” according to the bar report. Throughout the incident and the previous eveninng, Achord had threatened to kill his wife, said the bar.

Achord “had a serious alcohol and valium dependency,” said the bar, but “participated in various community activities.” Achord lacked remorse, said the bar.

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On December 5, 2016, the San Diego County District Attorney filed a criminal complaint against personal injury attorney David Thaddeus Achord for, among several things, threatening his wife with a knife and resisting an officer of the law. On March 21 of last year, he pleaded guilty to inflicting corporal injury on a spouse, and obstructing a public peace officer. The State Bar of California suspended him from practice of law from July to December last year.

On May 3 of this year, the bar, after studying the matter, said Achord would be suspended for 90 days and placed on probation for a year. According to the bar, on September 6, 2016, Achord jabbed a knife at his wife and told her, “I’m going to slit your throat!” She said the knife came within six inches of her face. Sheriff’s deputies arrived and Achord threatened violence to a sheriff’s deputy who had arrived.

On November 26, 2016, beginning at 7:30 a.m., Achord “threw [his spouse] to the ground and dragged her to the couch where he hit her in the stomach an estimated 30 times,” according to the bar report. Throughout the incident and the previous eveninng, Achord had threatened to kill his wife, said the bar.

Achord “had a serious alcohol and valium dependency,” said the bar, but “participated in various community activities.” Achord lacked remorse, said the bar.

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Wouldn't 900 days suspension be more appropriate, and 10 years probation by the Bar? Actually, why isn't he in prison?

May 21, 2018

dwbat: I thought the bar's punishment was quite light. Actually, that's one reason I wrote the item. Best, Don Bauder

May 21, 2018

Scandalously light, I say. In fact, the suspension should be indefinite. When/if he got his act together, he could reapply.

May 21, 2018

Visduh: It looks to me that in addition to a problem with alcohol and valium, this guy has a problem with his temper and emotional stability. Such problems are not cured quickly, even in the absence of booze and valium. Best, Don Bauder

May 21, 2018

I wonder if he has any other skills other than being a lawyer? he may be well advised to find a second line of work.

May 22, 2018

I think you're right. All the "professional" lying and double-dealing feeds those demons.

May 22, 2018

shirleyberan: As far back as antiquity or farther, there have been professional liars. Men outnumber women in that regard about 5 to 1. Best, Don Bauder

May 22, 2018

Murphyjunk: Good idea, so long as he doesn't become a bartender. Best, Don Bauder

May 22, 2018

Another sick guy bargaining with Mephistopheles.

May 21, 2018

shirleyberan: And we know that Mephistopheles is a hard bargainer. Ask Faust. Best, Don Bauder

May 21, 2018

Or what if it's a Freudian diagnosis that he hates his mother and takes it out on all women? That is messed up.

May 22, 2018

shirleyberan: I think the Freudian diagnosis is messed up. Men's historical mistreatment of women is related to a number of factors. All of those factors are outrageous. A couple of years ago we went into some kind of temple (I have forgotten what sect). A sign said women menstruating could not enter. Recently, we went to an exhibit on the Dead Sea Scrolls. The writings showed a strong contempt of women menstruating.

There were open discussions of how to treat your slaves. One book of the Old Testament discusses the question of selling one's daughter into slavery. Best, Don Bauder

May 22, 2018

Don - I read your last comment to my 26 year old daughter while thinking I might reply with some such as a Red Sea would be disgusting. Teased her about selling my daughter, hmmm, but she quipped quickly "you can't sell your elderly parents because nobody wants them". We use humor to communicate now so I gotta let it go... About Achord, seems that the violence could escalate... needs to get a grip, calm down.

May 22, 2018

shirleyberan: Your daughter is filled with wisdom. We graybeards would not make good slaves. I am afraid we would be sold for a few pennies at a slave auction. Best, Don Bauder

May 22, 2018

A lawyer taking his stress out on others. No excuse, just signs and wonders, a sign of the times...

May 24, 2018

Darren: A stressed-out lawyer need not take it out on his spouse. Wouldn't he get the same satisfaction fleecing his clients? Best, Don Bauder

May 24, 2018

Hi Don, well said. I have some friends who practice family law, and I honestly have no clue how they do what they do. No money (hourly rate) can cover the cost to one's psyche being in a position of a lawyer representing a husband or wife wanting to punish the other (with help of the legal system), or issue restraining orders, seizing bank accounts, levying paychecks, and much more. There are also the issues of elder abuse which are very tragic in our society where money/a$$ets/materials, supplant the aid to a mom or dad in their sunset years.

May 24, 2018

Darren: I have never been divorced (married 55 years), but I understand divorce lawyers on both sides conspire to lengthen the process, thus maximizing their fees. Best, Don Bauder

May 25, 2018

Thanks Don and congrats to you for keeping a marriage together for 55 years. Relationships are a work-in-progress, and like fine wine, it gets better!

I have a friend of a friend who is gonna soon divorce his wife as she just spent $5,000 in one weekend on two purses. It's an on-going concern and trending to the acute/chronic cycle. I wish him well as the lawyer fees will cost much more than the $5,000, if he wants to keep his house and car. He might be lucky to get out with the shirt on his back once the lawyer she hired, likely using his earned money in savings, makes the first strike.

Makes me glad to know you and I did not become lawyers.

May 27, 2018

Not that I would not mind being an attorney, but I just don't know about mixing a bottle of Excedrin and pint of vodka each night after dealing with the battles the clients are having with one another. Geez!

May 27, 2018

Darren: Of course, if he is a billionaire, he won't even realize his wife is spending $5000 in one weekend on two purses. This is another example of what our soak-the-middle class, subsidize the upper 1 percent public policy has brought us. Best, Don Bauder

May 27, 2018

Darren: Yes, clients are a pain, but how the lawyers fleece them! Best, Don Bauder

May 27, 2018

Hi Don, well said! Unfortunately the friend-of-friend is a working-class stiff, with technical job/skills, who just so happens to earn close to $200k a year, so his wife is fleecing him. I once thought $200k was lots of annual income, but not in San Diego today, unless you manage that income and expenditures carefully. The pur$uit of material objects, peak experiences (like travel, food, etc.) and the vanity quotient, has skewed too many souls where they forget what it is just to be human. Take care Don.

May 27, 2018

Darren: I hate seeing the cost-of-living soar as it has done in San Diego. But you are right. Those in Rancho Santa Fe aren't suffering, although some in that town are complete frauds who get caught. Best, Don Bauder

May 28, 2018

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