July 2, 2012
Office of Bar Counsel
re: Ethics complaint against member Eric H. Holder, Jr.
Dear board members,
This letter serves as notice that a complaint is being filed against one of your members for professionalmisconduct. A search of your website at http://www.dcbar.org/ shows Eric H. Holder, Jr., currentlyAttorney General of the United States, has been an active DC Bar member since he was admitted on January 23, 1980.
As per your professional standards published as Rule 8.4, “Misconduct,” at link, “It is professional misconduct for a lawyer to:
- (a) Violate or attempt to violate the Rules of Professional Conduct, knowingly assist or induce another to do so, or do so through the acts of another;
- (b) Commit a criminal act that reflects adversely on the lawyer’s honesty, trustworthiness, or fitness as alawyer in other respects;
- (c) Engage in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation;
- (d) Engage in conduct that seriously interferes with the administration of justice;
- (e) State or imply an ability to influence improperly a government agency or official;
- (f) Knowingly assist a judge or judicial officer in conduct that is a violation of applicable rules of judicial conduct or other law; or
- (g) Seek or threaten to seek criminal charges or disciplinary charges solely to obtain an advantage in acivil matter.
”It would appear that several, if not all of these rules, have been violated as evidenced by Eric Holder having been found in contempt of Congress on June 28, 2012 “for refusal to comply with a subpoena dulyissued by the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform” (Note House Calendar No. 140/Report112-546 appearing at: link).
“While District of Columbia courts have not (yet) been involved, there is no question that the Congress has found the Attorney General guilty of contempt under conditions that rise to your definition of ‘serious crime’,” the letter reminds the board. “It would also appear that Attorney General Holder is required to report the contempt finding to you within the ten day requirement, and that the Bar ‘shall’ investigate this matter.”
Holder Bar Complaint (full doc)