Friday, September 20, 2013

McCall Star-News: Idaho Bar Looks to Disbar Adams County Prosecutor

Posted By on Fri, Sep 20, 2013 at 10:40 AM

The Adams County prosecuting attorney is under fire from the Idaho State Bar, which is calling for his disbarment.

This morning's McCall Star-News reports that Michael Robinson has been accused by the bar for what it says were six instances of professional misconduct while working with clients in his private practice.

The state bar has scheduled a hearing in Boise for Monday, Dec. 2, where Robinson will answer to the charges. Following the hearing, the bar's board of professional conduct will make a recommendation to the Idaho Supreme Court regarding Robinson's status.

Robinson, who was sworn in as prosecutor in January, says he "only committed minor errors in the cases" and that the charges were unfair.

Robinson is accused of not providing "competent representation" or "not properly communicating" with his clients. Additionally, Robinson is accused of revealing confidential information about his clients without their consent, bringing proceedings that were frivolous and engaging in conduct that was "prejudicial to the administration of justice."

According to the bar, in one instance, a young woman wanted to change her plea to not guilty after being charged with underage possession of alcohol, but Robinson told the judge that he wanted to use the girl's case as a test to challenge "the broader issue of whether minors should be questioned without a parent or attorney." Ultimately, Robinson was removed from the case by a judge who replaced him with another attorney.

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