Friday, February 15, 2008

Pangburn suspended from law practice

Express Staff Writer

Bob Pangburn

Citing multiple counts of "professional misconduct," the Idaho Supreme Court has suspended former Blaine County public defender Bob Pangburn from practicing law.

The suspension is for two years, followed by a three-year probationary period. The suspension order followed a three-day hearing before the Professional Conduct Board of the Idaho State Bar.

The Supreme Court cited Pangburn, who last practiced law in Boise, with two counts of "conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation," one count of "accounting for fees and costs" and one count of "conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice."

He was also cited for numerous counts of "scope of representation, diligence, communications, and obligations following termination of representation."

The Supreme Court ruled that the violations occurred while Pangburn was representing seven clients in various "criminal post-conviction cases."

Pangburn is perhaps best known in Blaine County for his representation of convicted murderer Sarah Johnson, who is currently serving two life prison sentences for killing her parents in Bellevue in September 2003.

It was not clear on Thursday afternoon whether the Johnson case was one of the seven cited with violations by the high court.

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