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No. 33516 - Lawyer Disciplinary Board v. Raymond David Brown, Jr., an administratively
of the West Virginia State Bar
Ketchum, J., dissenting:
Sometimes we need to mix a little mercy with justice.
This lawyer misappropriated his client's funds to support his drug problem.
He has since sought treatment and has straightened up his life. An indefinite suspension with
the right to petition the Court for reinstatement in three years provides plenty of protection
to the public.
I respectfully feel that annulling this lawyer's license is not an appropriate
sanction under the circumstances. The Hearing Panel Subcommittee of the Lawyer
Disciplinary Board heard the evidence, considered the demeanor of the witnesses and of Mr.
Brown, and made a careful, measured recommendation. I am not persuaded by the majority
opinion's reasoning that the recommendations of the Board should be so lightly dismissed.
I therefore dissent.