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The People of the State of Colorado v. Wallace

837 P.2d 1223 (1992)

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The People of the State of Colorado v. Wallace

Colorado Supreme Court

837 P.2d 1223 (1992)

Facts

John Wallace (defendant) was admitted to the Colorado bar. A year later, he struck his girlfriend in the head, injuring her nose, eye socket, and sinuses. Wallace assaulted his girlfriend again two months later, causing severe injury. Wallace pleaded guilty to assault in connection with the second incident and was sentenced to 180 days in jail. After his arrest, Wallace entered a treatment program for batterers and joined Alcoholics Anonymous. Wallace paid the medical bills for his girlfriend’s injuries, self-reported his conviction to the Office of Disciplinary Counsel, and admitted that his conduct violated the disciplinary rule prohibiting a lawyer from engaging in conduct that reflects adversely on the lawyer’s fitness to practice law. Wallace argued before the inquiry panel and the Colorado Supreme Court that his rehabilitative efforts warranted a private censure. The inquiry panel recommended a three-month suspension from the practice of law.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Per curiam)

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