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.