Hope this helps! :)
No problem. I do know that in Maryland, being found guilty is a misdemeanor, subject to a $5,000 fine and/or 1 year in prison for each count. I am considering filing charges because this now unemployed lawyer, unlicensed in my state, has been providing pro-bono advice to two people who have taken out charges against me (which have since been nolle pross'd) and have sought peace orders against me for using an "@mention" on Twitter -- one such peace order being granted for six months. He hasn't been quite so blatant, but I do have evidence of his fingerprints on my cases. I just want to see if what he did in this previous case arises to the level of violating the law on practicing law without being admitted to the bar. How can he ask a court to provide relief for "his client" in a Maryland court when he is not licensed here?
OK...found the case law (there are a significant number of cases on point...) It may take me 1/2 hour or so to sift through them to check against your fact pattern... First impression is that this is clearly a violation of the code (subjecting the "lawyer" to penalties Is there ANY indication that this is a case of pro hac vice (him requesting admission for one time for this issue)?
No indication of that whatsoever.
This is not a federal issue. This is a lawsuit in a Montgomery County, Maryland, District Court. The Plaintiff was seeking a peace order to be left alone by Mr. X, when the Virginia lawyer jumped into the case.
Thank you. In fact, this was in Montgomery County Circuit Court. The Attorney sought to offer his assistance to the Respondent on an anonymous basis and when the Plaintiff objected and filed a subpoena to have the lawyer's internet provider reveal his name, the lawyer responded with a motion to quash the subpoena, in which he asked the court to find for the Respondent, to allow him to keep his anonymity, and referring to the respondent as "my client", asserting "attorney-client privilege."
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