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Berg should be suspended

Conspiracy theorist1 and former Deputy Attorney General of Pennsylvania Philip J. Berg should be suspended from the practice of law in Pennsylvania for a year and a day, according to the hearing committee reviewing Berg’s  conduct reported on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Disciplinary Board’s web site.

Berg’s suspension recommendation is not related to his many conspiracy lawsuits against George Bush and Barack Obama, but to the mishandling of another case (see disciplinary complaint). Berg previously received sanctions in the form of a $10,000 fine and 6 hours of ethics training in a separate case.

One could only hope that all courts and bar associations were equally diligent in policing their members.


1While maintaining that Barack Obama was born in Kenya, he did not subscribe to the "two citizen parent” theory of presidential eligibility, nor does he believe that there is anything awry with Obama’s social-security number.

27 Responses to Berg should be suspended

  1. avatar
    aarrgghh August 6, 2012 at 5:44 pm #

    the obama hit squad strikes again!

    </birf>

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    Andrew Vrba, PmG August 6, 2012 at 5:48 pm #

    aarrgghh:
    the obama hit squad strikes again!

    </birf>

    LOL!
    Here’s hoping Ocrazy gets herself suspended too!

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    G August 6, 2012 at 6:22 pm #

    Agreed!!! But until that happens, I’m glad to see crazy Berg being taken out of active duty for awhile.

    Andrew Vrba, PmG: LOL!Here’s hoping Ocrazy gets herself suspended too!

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    Thrifty August 6, 2012 at 6:45 pm #

    Why a year and a day? Why not just a year?

  5. avatar
    alg August 6, 2012 at 8:36 pm #

    I realize this is off-topic, but has anyone noticed that WND hasn’t had any new eligibility articles for at least a week? Looks like Sheriff Joe has washed his hands of the matter. Meanwhile, Orly has gone ever further off the deep end – as if that was even possible.

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    Squeeky Fromm, Girl Reporter August 6, 2012 at 8:46 pm #

    Alg:

    Yes, I noticed. I asked that the other day here. I found one Internet Article that was carried by WND, by J. B. Williams in response to Fred Thompson and anchor babies. It was called Legal Eagles are Wrong. Sooo, I did one calling J B Williams an idiot and a silly goose. But that is all I have seen there for about a week.

    Squeeky Fromm
    Girl Reporter

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    Rickey August 6, 2012 at 8:49 pm #

    alg:
    I realize this is off-topic, but has anyone noticed that WND hasn’t had any new eligibility articles for at least a week?Looks like Sheriff Joe has washed his hands of the matter.Meanwhile, Orly has gone ever further off the deep end – as if that was even possible

    Squeeky mentioned that as well. It may be a coincidence, but WND was raked over the coals by conwebwatch.com the other day:

    http://conwebwatch.tripod.com/stories/2012/birtherblackout.html

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    Wild Bill August 6, 2012 at 9:17 pm #

    Thrifty: Why a year and a day? Why not just a year?

    Why a year and a day? Why not just a year?

    Under the PA rules, if an attorney is suspended for “more than one year” extra requirements attach before he can be reinstated.

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    misha August 6, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    Was Berg an accessory after the fact, to Glenn Beck’s rape and murder of that poor girl?

    I read on the ‘Net that Berg’s and Beck’s cars were in the same state, at the time of that girl’s demise.

    He never denied it.

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    JPotter August 6, 2012 at 10:24 pm #

    Is Berg doing his best Red Hulk impression in that photo?

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    nolu chan August 6, 2012 at 10:42 pm #

    Thrifty:
    Why a year and a day?Why not just a year?

    http://www.pacode.com/secure/data/204/chapter83/s217.html

    204 Pennsylvania Code Rule 217

    (h) Within ten days after the effective date of an order of disbarment or suspension for a period longer than one year, the formerly admitted attorney shall surrender to the Board the certificate issued by the Attorney Registration Office under Rule 219(e) (relating to periodic assessment of attorneys; voluntary inactive status) for the current year, along with any certificate of good standing issued under Pennsylvania Bar Admission Rule 201(d) (relating to certification of good standing), certificate of admission issued under Pennsylvania Bar Admission Rule 231(d)(3) (relating to action by Prothonotary), certificate of licensure issued under Pennsylvania Bar Admission Rule 341(e)(3) (relating to motion for licensure), Limited In-House Corporate Counsel License issued under Pennsylvania Bar Admission Rule 302 (relating to limited in-house corporate counsel license) or limited certificate of admission issued under Pennsylvania Bar Admission Rule 303 (relating to limited admission of military attorneys). The Board may destroy the annual certificate issued under Rule 219(e), but shall retain any other documents surrendered under this subdivision and shall return those documents to the formerly admitted attorney in the event that he or she is subsequently reinstated.

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    nolu chan August 6, 2012 at 11:15 pm #

    http://www.scribd.com/doc/102212382/Pennsylvania-Rules-of-Disciplinary-Enforcement-34-Pennsylvania-Code-Chapter-83

    Rule 206. Hearing committees and special masters.

    (b) Hearing committees shall have the power and duty:

    (1) To conduct investigatory hearings and hearings into formal charges of misconduct upon assignment by the Board or the Secretary of the Board (see Enforcement Rule 205(c)(5)).

    (2) To submit their conclusions set forth as prescribed by Board rules, together with the record of the hearing, to the Board.

    – – – – –

    Rule 208. Procedure.

    (d) Review and action by Board.

    (1) Proceedings before the Board shall be governed by Board rules, except that, unless waived in the manner provided by such rules, the respondent-attorney shall have the right to submit briefs and to present oral argument to a panel of at least three members of the Board. Members of the Board who have participated on a reviewing panel under paragraph (a)(4) or (5) of this rule shall not participate in further consideration of the same matter or decision thereof on the merits under this subdivision (d).

    (2) The Board shall either affirm or change in writing the recommendation of the hearing committee or special master by taking the following action, as appropriate, within 60 days after the adjudication of the matter at a meeting of the Board;

    (i) Dismissal. In the event that the Board determines that a proceeding should be dismissed, it shall so notify the respondent-attorney.

    (ii) Informal admonition, private reprimand, or public reprimand. In the event that the Board determines that the proceeding should be concluded by informal admonition, private reprimand, or public reprimand, the Board shall arrange to have the respondent-attorney appear before Disciplinary Counsel for the purpose of receiving informal admonition or before a designated panel of three members selected by the Board Chair pursuant to Pa.R.D.E. 205(c)(9), for the purpose of receiving private reprimand or public reprimand.

    (iii) Other discipline. In the event that the Board shall determine that the matter should be concluded by probation, censure, suspension, disbarment, or by informal admonition, private reprimand, or public reprimand in cases where the respondent-attorney is unwilling to have the matter concluded by informal admonition, private reprimand, or public reprimand, the Board shall file its findings and recommendations, together with the briefs, if any, before the Board and the entire record, with the Supreme Court. A respondent-attorney who is unwilling to have the matter concluded by an informal admonition, private reprimand, or public reprimand must file within thirty (30) days after notice of the determination of the Board, a notice of appeal. Review by the Supreme Court shall be de novo and the Court may impose a sanction greater or less than that recommended by the Board.

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    Terry K. August 7, 2012 at 1:42 am #

    alg:
    I realize this is off-topic, but has anyone noticed that WND hasn’t had any new eligibility articles for at least a week?Looks like Sheriff Joe has washed his hands of the matter.Meanwhile, Orly has gone ever further off the deep end – as if that was even possible.

    As hinted at in my ConWebWatch article, WND has not mentioned Mike Zullo’s coding claims since the Aaron Klein interview — and it certainly hasn’t reported that Zullo got the coding stuff all wrong.

    Meanwhile, Jerome Corsi is back to trying to discredit Arpaio’s critics in a new WND article, this time the First Amendment Center of Arizona:

    http://www.wnd.com/2012/08/reporter-obama-law-firm-unite-against-sheriff-joe/

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    Greenfinches August 7, 2012 at 5:30 am #

    Misha – I love that avatar!! Is it one of ‘your’ cats??

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    Thrifty August 7, 2012 at 8:16 am #

    So they made his suspension for exactly one day more than a year? Seems like a bit of a dick move.

    Wild Bill: Why a year and a day? Why not just a year?

    Under the PA rules, if an attorney is suspended for “more than one year” extra requirements attach before he can be reinstated.

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    realist August 7, 2012 at 8:26 am #

    I don’t want to burst any happy bubbles here, but Phil has not yet been suspended and the headline (sorry Doc) is misleading and inaccurate. All that has happened is the report of the hearing committee has been presented to the board.

    “208 DB 2010 07/31/2012

    HEARING COMMITTEE REPORT FILED

    ONE YEAR AND ONE DAY SUSPENSION”

    See nolu chan’s posting of Rule 208 (iii) above.

    Another tell? Mr. Berg’s status is still listed as “Active”.

    “PA Attorney Information
    Philip J. Berg
    PA Attorney ID: 9867
    Current Status: Active
    Date of Admission: 11/18/1971”

    http://www.padisciplinaryboard.org/pa_attorney_info.php?id=9867&pdcount=10

  17. avatar
    Dr. Conspiracy August 7, 2012 at 8:47 am #

    The article has been updated.

    realist: I don’t want to burst any happy bubbles here, but Phil has not yet been suspended and the headline (sorry Doc) is misleading and inaccurate.

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    Dr. Conspiracy August 7, 2012 at 8:50 am #

    Orly has been publicizing Berg’s difficulty.

    Andrew Vrba, PmG: Here’s hoping Ocrazy gets herself suspended too!

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    bgansel9 is not going away August 7, 2012 at 9:35 am #

    “Berg previously received sanctions in the form of a $10,000 fine and 6 hours of ethics training in a separate case.”

    I think Orly could use some ethics training too.

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    misha August 7, 2012 at 10:22 am #

    “Nurse, Mr. Berg got out of his restraints again.”

    Don’t forget, that nogoodnik shonde started the ‘born in Mombasa’ meme.

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    misha August 7, 2012 at 10:43 am #

    Greenfinches: Misha – I love that avatar!!Is it one of ‘your’ cats??

    Yes, that is a portrait of Max. I took the photograph, and edited it in Photoshop.

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    misha August 7, 2012 at 10:46 am #

    Greenfinches: Misha – I love that avatar!!Is it one of ‘your’ cats??

    Here is a series of Max’s portraits:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/ubereye/sets/72157605641599877/

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    misha August 7, 2012 at 10:49 am #

    bgansel9 is not going away: I think Orly could use some ethics training too.

    I think Orly should go back to her West Bank settlement, with her compatriot Lieberman – a former bouncer.

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    Andrew Vrba, PmG August 7, 2012 at 11:11 am #

    alg:
    I realize this is off-topic, but has anyone noticed that WND hasn’t had any new eligibility articles for at least a week?Looks like Sheriff Joe has washed his hands of the matter.Meanwhile, Orly has gone ever further off the deep end – as if that was even possible.

    She’s so far past the deep end, that she’s now in Australia. I’m told she bumped into James Mason on the way there.

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    misha August 7, 2012 at 1:18 pm #

    Andrew Vrba, PmG: She’s so far past the deep end, that she’s now in Australia.

    She’s looking for the tunnel from Mombasa to Honolulu.

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    Dr. Conspiracy August 8, 2012 at 2:00 pm #

    This article has been corrected. Berg was a “Deputy”, not “Assistant” Attorney General of Pennsylvania.