My phone interview with Mr. Portillo is here and there is more about his testimony regarding Attorney Matthew McDowell and John Burson disciplinary hearings here. Here's why: Thomas P. Dore was suspended from the practice of law for a mere 90 days even as the Court issued scathing commentary on his actions. The Maryland Court of Appeals opined, in Attorney Grievance Commission of Maryland v. Thomas P. Dore, Misc. Docket AG No. 35, Sept. Term 2013 (August 20):
"The extent of Dore's violations and their ramifications is so great that “more than a slap on the wrist” is necessary to send the message to the legal community and the public at large that this Court has no tolerance for this type of conduct, and to restore the public's trust in the legal profession. [Editor's note: All he really got was a slap on the wrist, however -- when he should have been disbarred like Mark Howard Friedman.] We hold that a 90–day suspension would accomplish that goal. We refrain from an indefinite suspension only because of the many mitigating circumstances. The suspension shall commence thirty (30) days after the filing of this Opinion.
IT IS SO ORDERED; RESPONDENT SHALL PAY ALL COSTS AS TAXED BY THE CLERK OF THIS COURT, INCLUDING COSTS OF ALL TRANSCRIPTS, PURSUANT TO MARYLAND RULE 16–761. JUDGMENT IS ENTERED IN FAVOR OF THE ATTORNEY GRIEVANCE COMMISSION AGAINST THOMAS PATRICK DORE IN THE SUM OF THESE COSTS."
Chief Judge BELL would have imposed a reprimand only.
When the Robo–Signer Is an Attorney The robo-signing practices clearly had an unsettling effect on the economy and homeowners, no matter who engaged in them. But these practices are even more disturbing when a member of the legal profession is involved. See Attorney Grievance Comm'n v. Vanderlinde, 364 Md. 376, 415, 773 A.2d 463, 486 (2001) ( “Attorneys should be held to higher standards [than members of the general public.]”). As the preamble to our rules of professional conduct makes clear, “as a member of the legal profession,” a lawyer is not only “a representative of clients,” but he is also “an officer of the legal system and a public citizen having special responsibility for the quality of justice.”
Indeed, our entire dispute resolution system depends on the integrity of the participants, who seek the truth through an adversarial presentation of evidence and arguments: Our adversary system for the resolution of disputes rests on the unshakable foundation that truth is the object of the system's process which is designed for the purpose of dispensing justice.
As the hearing judge pointed out, Dore's “actions contributed to the need for a change in the Rules governing foreclosure actions.” It was this very type of irregularity that “motivated Governor O'Malley and members of the Maryland Congressional delegation to seek a halt of foreclosure actions in Maryland.” This type of conduct also necessitated this Court's adoption, on an emergency basis, of Rule 14–207.1 and an amendment to Rules 14–2075 and 1–3116.So Mickey Norman is an intellectually dishonest hillbilly jurist, check. Just look at his picture with his smug little smirk and you can pretty much smell the air of petty insouciance. And the Real Deal about Thomas P. Dore and why he gets away with so much because of Judges like Mickey Norman is well-chronicled in these short films regarding the Todd Wetzelberger Trust at 1926 Wilson Point Road: