I would hesitate to tell you whether filing for a misfeasace of duty is appropriate at this time. You would be in a far better position to know whether she's done nothing than I would know. I can come up with reasons for the delay -- I did offer some possibilities above just knowing how the system can work -- but mine may or may not apply to the facts as you know them.
lawyer has sometimes felt that a case was probably going to be easy to get dismissed only to find out that's not the case. So the fact that she told you that she thought she could get a dismissal isn't as important as why she hasn't gotten one. In other words, what you need to know is if she's on top of the issue, why the case is still pending, why there's been no trial yet, and exactly what she's been doing to either make that dismissal come about or push the case to a speedy trial
. If she can't answer that question with something concrete (e.g. "I've filed a motion to dismiss but the judge hasn't ruled on it yet" or "I've been ready for trial on each and every adjourn date but the state keeps asking for continuances, and the judge grants them) that would get her off the hook, then yes, there could be grounds to report her.
I don't know if the parish hired this lawyer. Obviously, if you're looking to take steps like this, you would want your parishoner to have new counself first or wait until the case is resolved when her ineffective assistance could be part of a post-conviction motion or appeal to have parole lift its hold sooner rather than later.
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