Disciplinary Reporter Case Digest

Attorney ID 2529
Attorney Name Canuso , Joseph A.
DBP Docket No. 99 DB 2010
Supreme Court Docket No. 1667 DD No. 3
County Philadelphia
Disciplinary Counsel Richard Hernandez
Counsel for Respondent John W. Morris
Decision Date 2010-11-23
Effective Date 2010-11-23
Case Digest Respondent engaged in misconduct in a criminal case by failing to file a Notice of Appeal with the Superior Court of Pennsylvania on behalf of his client following his clientís sentencing and by failing to respond to his clientís and his clientís sisterís inquiries. Mitigating factors in determining the discipline to impose were Respondentís cooperation, remorse, and acknowledgement of wrongdoing. Also, Respondent made changes to his office practice so that Respondent is made aware of court dates, filing deadlines, and communications owed to clients and third parties. An aggravating factor was Respondentís record of discipline, consisting of an informal admonition, a private reprimand, and a public censure.
Rule Violation(s) RPC 1.3, RPC 1.4(a)(3), RPC 1.4(a)(4), RPC 1.4(b), and RPC 8.4(d).
Discipline Imposed Suspension for 2 years, stayed in full with probation for 2 years with conditions
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