Kansas lawyer disbarred for ‘ghosting’ clients, the courts and investigators

SALINA, Kan. (KSNT) — A Salina legal professional has been disbarred for “ghosting” his shoppers, the courts, and investigators in scenarios that date back as far as 2017, in accordance to court administrators. The Kansas Supreme Courtroom disbarred James D. Sweet in an impression filed Friday.

The Deputy Disciplinary Administrator Kathleen Lippert explained the disbarment stems from two grievances filed by two consumers symbolizing four unique civil instances.

Lippert appeared ahead of the Kansas Supreme Court and outlined a checklist of issues from Sweet, expressing the investigation had lasted 5 months and Sweet had hardly ever fulfilled with an investigator.

Sweet experienced been hired to defend a bar owner recognized only as E.G. and one more client determined as J.M. in three civil fits. Both equally consumers claimed Sweet unsuccessful to show up for court hearings, unsuccessful to prepare for hearings, and unsuccessful to advise shoppers of settlement offers.

Despite the fact that Sweet was specified an opportunity to look by Zoom videoconference, he notified the court docket he would not be ready to seem for a listening to.

Sweet faced both disbarment or indefinite suspension. The courtroom selected to disbar Sweet.

The respondent’s actions and inactions wasted methods of the trial court and the investigators. Additional importantly, individuals factors respondent did and failed to do triggered wonderful money and emotional hurt to his clients.”

The Kansas Supreme Court

The court ordered Sweet to protect the charge of the proceedings.