The Colorado Supreme Court Notices Francis M. Pignatelli

 Posted on February 04, 2009 in Uncategorized

Via John Wesley Hall's Law of Criminal Defense:

The Colorado Supreme Court Office of Attorney Regulation today announced that it has filed a petition to immediately suspend Colorado lawyer Francis (Frank) M. Pignatelli from the practice of law. The petition is now pending before Supreme Court Presiding Disciplinary Judge William Lucero.

(Thanks to federal appellate superlawyer Peter Goldberger for the heads-up.)

Frank Pignatelli was the Ohio lawyer/snitch who moved to Colorado and took criminal cases in federal court while he was still subject to federal prosecution. I wrote about him here and here.

Being naturally inquisitive, I also checked out some documents from one case in which Pignatelli acted as an informant, including the Government's response to one client / coconspirator's motion to dismiss, laying out the Government's case for Pignatelli's information not being privileged.

(Here are the rest of the documents I downloaded, including the defendants' motions to suppress or dismiss based on interference with the attorney-client relationship, and the exhibits to the governments' responses. The issues were never fully litigated.)

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