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Palo Alto lawyer sentenced for bribery attempt

Original post made on Dec 28, 2012

A Palo Alto patent attorney who was convicted of attempting to bribe a police officer and drunken driving after being pulled over outside a Colma casino received an 8-month jail sentence with three years of supervised probation on Thursday, Dec. 27.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, December 28, 2012, 9:47 AM


Posted by Frank, a resident of another community
on Dec 28, 2012 at 9:59 am

Good! Now I don't have to worry about this guy drinking and driving for three years. Wish it could be forever!!

Posted by randy albin, a resident of Mountain View
on Dec 28, 2012 at 10:39 am

lawyers should know better than this. maybe all of the other politicians will be leaping over the fiscal cliff. if you are able to be a licensed attorney, you better take better care of your activities

Posted by the_punnisher, a resident of Mountain View
on Dec 28, 2012 at 11:05 am

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Posted by Charlie, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Dec 28, 2012 at 11:22 am

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Posted by Gethin, a resident of Midtown
on Dec 28, 2012 at 12:20 pm

An excellent result and thanks to all the folks who brought it about.
I would probably never give him his license back ...

Posted by slap on the wrist, a resident of Downtown North
on Dec 28, 2012 at 12:21 pm

Seems to me that 8 months is a slap on the wrist for 3 DUI convictions. Add on the bribery and he should get 8 years, not 8 months.

Posted by Testing, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Dec 28, 2012 at 12:25 pm

Why genetic marker testing?

Posted by Scholar, a resident of Menlo Park
on Dec 28, 2012 at 1:07 pm

He'll do the 8 months in the slam then start driving again, without a license, during probation.

Posted by Hmmm, a resident of East Palo Alto
on Dec 28, 2012 at 3:59 pm

This reminds me of a successful attorney I saw go down hill. Her drinking & substance abuse cost her her marriage & custody of her kids, getting kicked out of multiple courtrooms in the county (she was a litigator & showed up drunk), then arrested in a drug house. At some point, while a county-paid attorney, she was busted for a DUI in the middle of the day & bit one of the corrections officers or something like that. She's now disbarred & her family sent her through multiple rehabs. What a waste - not to mention, a danger.

Posted by Rational, a resident of Downtown North
on Dec 29, 2012 at 7:52 am

Eight months is a slap on the wrist? Wow think about a professional with a job and a house and a family. Eight months in jail is pretty long, and for the convictions this persons career is bent out of shape for life. I would think this is a meaningful deterrent to anyone.

Posted by Steve C, a resident of Menlo Park
on Dec 29, 2012 at 10:39 am

A life changing event, but better him than some innocent victim(s) and their family. He is fortunate that he has one chance to climb back since he is not disbarred. Sounds like a combination of addictions, alcohol and gambling, not promising, but maybe seeing what life is really like on the other side of the fence will shock him into a life change. Sad for his family. Hope the mom has the ability to carry them through this.

Posted by neonjim77, a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 24, 2014 at 11:33 am

Absolutely NOT! I met him, personally, and he has ZERO remorse. He was arguing with his probation officer that he "is not an alcoholic, just bad luck." He does not see that he could have killed someone. I tried to help him on numerous occasions, and he absolutely thinks he is better than EVERYONE.

Posted by neonjim77, a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 24, 2014 at 11:35 am

OH, and i almost forgot....the bribery charges were dropped, due to lack of proof.

Posted by Above the Law, a resident of Professorville
on Jul 24, 2014 at 11:40 am

Many lawyers know better than to commit crimes, but imagine themselves powerful and knowledgeable enough to. E above the law

Over the last few decades, according to an old acquaintance who works for the IRS, lawyers have also become some of the biggest tax cheats, surpassing doctors and other wealthy professionals.

Just look at the headlines to read about lawyers being disbarred for unethical reasons, and convicted of various crimes.