NEW ORLEANS — The Louisiana Supreme Court has stricken
Ashton R. O'Dwyer from the roll of attorneys by revoking his license
to practice in the state.
O'Dwyer had been accused of using racially offensive words and
other derogatory terms to describe judges and other lawyers.
"Respondent’s shocking disregard for his obligations as a
member of the bar of this state demonstrate why he must forfeit any
right to ever return to practice," the order stated.
In a per curiam order issued on March 15, the high court stated
that the disciplinary matter arises from formal charges filed by the
Office of Disciplinary Counsel against O'Dwyer, who had been on
interim suspension for threat of harm to the public.
Among other things, O’Dwyer is alleged
to have sent an email in March 2009 that used a “sexual and
offensive nickname” in reference to Louisiana Supreme Court Chief
Justice Catherine Kimball. O’Dwyer also allegedly sent other emails
during the following month that used terms like “pimp,” “puppet,”
“Uncle Tom” and “OREO” while referring to the attorney in
charge of conducting his disciplinary hearing.
In a previous interview
with the Louisiana Record, O'Dwyer said he used those words
because he was frustrated by his inability to get judges and lawyers
to recognize the court system's and disciplinary process's corruption
and conflicts of interest. O'Dwyer also claimed his actions under the
protection of the First Amendment and that using unprofessional
language is not cause for discipline.
"The record is replete with respondent’s vile and
racially-derogatory communications (many of which are too offensive
to repeat in this opinion) made to members of the judiciary and the
Bar," the order stated.
"He has filed unsupported and duplicative pleadings, using
offensive and abusive language, and has made baseless challenges to
the authority, competency and integrity of the federal court.
Respondent has consistently refused to make any significant attempt
to acknowledge the wrongful nature of his acts, and he continues to
portray himself as the 'victim' in these proceedings."
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