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In re Peters

Supreme Court of Louisiana

May 22, 2015

IN RE: JOHN ROUMAIN PETERS, III

IN RE: Disciplinary Counsel; John Roumain Peters, III -- Other(s); Applying For Joint Petition for Consent Discipline Pursuant to Rule XIX, Section 20

Joint petition for consent discipline accepted.

Bernette J. Johnson, Jeannette Theriot Knoll, John L. Weimer, Greg G. Guidry, Marcus R. Clark, Jefferson D. Hughes, III, CRICHTON, J., dissents and assigns reasons.

OPINION

ATTORNEY DISCIPLINARY PROCEEDING

PER CURIAM

Respondent and the Office of Disciplinary Counsel (" ODC" ) submitted a joint petition for consent discipline, in which respondent acknowledges that he violated the following provisions of the Rules of Professional Conduct: Rules 4.1(a), 8.4(a), 8.4(c), and 8.4(d). Having reviewed the petition,

IT IS ORDERED that the Petition for Consent Discipline be accepted and that John Roumain Peters, III, Louisiana Bar Roll number 21810, be and he hereby is suspended from the practice of law for a period of three months, fully deferred.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that all costs and expenses in the matter are assessed against respondent in accordance with Supreme Court Rule XIX, § 10.1, with legal interest to commence thirty days from the date of finality of this court's judgment until paid.

DISSENT

CRICHTON, J., dissents:

I respectfully dissent. Based upon the instant circumstances, particularly the sanctions imposed by the trial judge, I believe the suspension of three months, fully deferred, is unduly harsh. In my view, a public reprimand is a more appropriate discipline in this case, and I would therefore reject the joint petition for consent discipline.


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