Wyoming Supreme Court Disbars, Suspends, Censures Lawyers
The Wyoming Supreme Court disbarred one lawyer, suspended another, and censured a third in separate opinions signed by Chief Justice E. James Burke and issued Wednesday.
The Board of Professional Responsibility for the Wyoming State Bar brought the actions before the court in August.
The court disbarred Laramie lawyer and former Albany County Attorney and Prosecuting Attorney Richard C. Bohling, who was convicted in November on four felony counts of obtaining property by false pretenses and one misdemeanor count of official misconduct. He was acquitted of two other felonies and two other misdemeanors at his trial in November.
In February, Campbell County District Court Judge John Perry sentenced Bohling to two to four years imprisonment, and pay $10,000 fines each, on each of the four counts of obtaining property by false pretenses. The terms are to be served concurrently. The judge also ordered him to pay a $5,000 fine for the conviction on one count of misdemeanor official misconduct. Bohling will also pay $3,028.31 in restitution.
The Wyoming Supreme Court ordered Bohling to pay a $750 administrative fee and $800 to the Wyoming State Bar.
In June, the Wyoming Supreme Court immediately suspended Bohling.
Bohling has appealed his conviction. The court wrote he may petition for reinstatement to the Wyoming State Bar if he is successful in his appeal.
The court suspended Cody attorney and Republican State Rep. Samuel Krone from practicing law pending the outcome of criminal charges filed against him July 29.
The Wyoming Attorney General’s Office charged Krone with three felony counts of larceny, three misdemeanor counts of larceny and one misdemeanor count of theft after an investigation by the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation.
The former Park County attorney was fired in February after sending a series of profane and belittling texts to a woman being prosecuted by his office.
Krone lost the GOP primary race for House District 24 to challenger Scott Court on Aug. 16.
Finally, the Wyoming Supreme Court issued a public censure for Afton attorney Spencer L. Allred as a result of his representation of a client in a divorce.
The female client paid a $10,000 retainer, which was charged against Allred’s hourly fees, according to a press release from the Wyoming State Bar. “Allred neglected to pursue the matter diligently and failed to maintain adequate communication with his client, who ultimately terminated Allred’s representation and retained other counsel.”
She filed a complaint with the state bar, and Allred refunded the $10,000 retainer.
He agreed he committed multiple violations rules about diligence, communication with a client, and failing to exercise appropriate billing judgment by writing off unproductive, excessive and redundant hours billed to the client.
Allred agreed to a public censure in the matter. Besides the censure, the Wyoming Supreme Court ordered him to pay a $750 administrative fee and $50 in costs to the Wyoming State Bar.
The public censure is unrelated to Allred’s job as Lincoln County Attorney. Allred is prosecuting the case of Dereck James “DJ” Harrison, who is accused of abducting Kay Ricks in Salt Lake City and killing him in southwestern Wyoming in May.