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California Recommends Against Disbarment of Ex-Prosecutor

Posted By Administration, Friday, July 25, 2014

Disgraced former federal prosecutor G. Paul Howes skirted disbarment this week in California after the state’s bar recommended suspending him from practicing law for at least three years.

Howes, who prosecuted drug-related murder and gang cases for the U.S. attorney’s office in the District of Columbia during the 1980s, was disbarred there for giving out $42,000 in improper federal vouchers. In 1995, he moved to California, where he worked for what was then Milberg Weiss Bershad Hynes & Lerach in San Diego.

California’s bar launched its own probe of Howes following his disbarment in Washington. On Monday, a state bar court concluded that Howes didn’t deserve so harsh a punishment in California.

“Although this court finds no basis for recommending that respondent be disbarred in this state as a result of his misconduct two decades ago in the District of Columbia, the court does conclude that significant discipline is nonetheless required to make clear to all the impropriety of that conduct and to protect the public’s faith in the criminal justice system, both here and throughout the country,” State Bar Court Judge Donald Miles wrote.

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