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Former St. Tammany assistant DA on probation after she was fired over alleged drug theft


By Karen Kidd | May 22, 2019

NEW ORLEANS (Louisiana Record) — Covington attorney and former 22nd Judicial District assistant district attorney Kimberly Elizabeth DeBrock, fired last year after her arrest for allegedly stealing prescription medication, is on probation following a May 20 Louisiana Supreme Court attorney disciplinary proceeding.

In its two-page disciplinary proceeding, the court handed down a fully deferred year-and-a-day suspension and placed DeBrock on probation for the time she is in her recovery agreement with the Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program.

"Any failure of [DeBrock] to comply with the terms of the agreement may be grounds for making the deferred suspension executory, or imposing additional discipline, as appropriate," stated the disciplinary proceeding.

The high court handed down the discipline after accepting a joint petition for consent discipline reached between DeBrock and the office of disciplinary counsel.

The court also ordered DeBrock to pay all costs and expenses, plus interest, in the matter.

DeBrock was admitted to the bar in Louisiana on April 26, 2012, according to her profile at the Louisiana State Bar Association's website. No prior discipline was listed on his state bar profile or in a search of Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board's online database.

DeBrock was fired following her arrest in March 2018 on charges of felony possession of a Schedule II controlled dangerous substance, misdemeanor theft, and misdemeanor illegal possession of stolen things, according to the disciplinary proceeding and a statement by 22nd Judicial District Attorney Warren Montgomery.

Before her firing, DeBrock handled juvenile prosecutions in the district attorney's office, according to Montgomery's statement, which was widely published at the time.

The district attorney's office recused itself from prosecuting allegations against DeBrock.

"Drug addiction and the abuse of opioids is a crisis in our community," Montgomery said in his statement. "It extends even into the law enforcement community itself. It is sad that I had to make this decision but no one is above the law."

DeBrock subsequently pled guilty to theft under $1,000 and was placed on misdemeanor probation, according to the disciplinary proceeding. 

In her petition for consent discipline, reached before the office of disciplinary counsel filed formal charges against her, DeBrock stipulated that having violated professional conduct rules regarding misconduct.

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