“More Bad Judgement Calls by NLV’s Sandra Morgan – Deputy City Attorney Now Suspended From Practicing Law”

More Bad Judgement Calls by NLV’s Sandra Morgan – Deputy City Attorney Now Suspended From Practicing Law”

 

 

North Las Vegas, Nevada

November 5, 2015

Would you hire a Deputy City Attorney to represent the City of North Las Vegas in criminal court if he had eight (out of ultimately 13) State Bar ethics cases pending against him? North Las Vegas City Attorney Sandra Morgan did.

In 2013, City Attorney Sandra Morgan hired Thomas Fronczek, a 2009 graduate of her alma mater the William S. Boyd School of Law, to replace then-Deputy City Attorney, Stephen Webster. She hired Fronczek notwithstanding the fact that at that time he had eight State Bar cases pending against him for ethics violations.

While Fronczek had not yet been found guilty of any offense and had the right to be presumed innocent, Morgan as the City Attorney had an equal obligation as North Las Vegas’s top law manager, to hire a criminal prosecutor with the highest level of ethical standards and competence. In explaining the critical role that prosecutors hold in our society, H. Richard Uviller, a former prosecutor and Professor of Law at Columbia University, wrote:

“…the public prosecutor strives to maintain an upright stance in the stained halls of criminal justice . . . Virtue is the cherished ingredient in his role: the honorable exercise of the considerable discretionary power with which our legal system has endowed his office. Daily, the ethical fibre of the prosecutor is tested – and through him, in large measure, the rectitude of the system of justice.”

Moreover, there is often stiff competition for these coveted prosecutorial positions, allowing the City Attorney to hire the best and the brightest of the candidates. Having eight pending State Bar cases should have at a minimum raised a red flag for Morgan during the hiring process, if not sounded an entire orchestra of alarms!

On September 18, 2015, the Nevada Supreme Court in a unanimous decision that resolved all 13 bar cases against Fronczek, imposed “a two-year-and-six-month suspension, with two years stayed and six months actual suspension, commencing on the date this order is filed.” Fronczek is unable to practice law until at least March 2016.

In the negotiated plea bargain, in which Fronczek was represented by top criminal defense attorney, William B. Terry, Fronczek pled guilty to the following ethical violations:

Rules of Professional Conduct (RPC) 1.3 — Failing to act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing a client;

RPC 1.4 — Failing to adequately communicate with a client;

RPC 1.15 — Failing to safe keep or return a client’s property (retainer funds);

RPC 5.3 — Failing to adequately supervise non-lawyer assistants;

RPC 5.5 – Assisting another person in the unauthorized practice of law; and

RPC 8.1(b) — Knowingly failing to respond to a demand for information from an admissions or disciplinary authority.

The cases reportedly arose from a period in which Fronczek hired an office manager named Jesse Cisneros to manage his office including his client trust account. During this period, Fronczek wholly failed to supervise or impose checks and balances on Cisneros, enabling Cisneros to embezzle $113,980 of Fronczek’s clients’ money. It is basic ethics that every attorney has a fiduciary obligation to safeguard his client’s money and that means closely monitoring and supervising client trust accounts. In all, 13 clients lost their money.

The Supreme Court ordered Fronczek to repay all of these clients for the full amount that he failed to safeguard. Fronczek was also ordered to pay the costs of the disciplinary actions and investigations. In addition, if Fronczek is found to violate the same rules of ethics again, the State Bar will recommend that the Supreme Court reinstate the two year stayed portion of the suspension “in addition to any sanction that may be warranted in the new matter(s).”

Fronczek was also ordered to notify the State Bar if he ever goes into private practice again, in which case he would have to obtain a mentor, approved by the State Bar, for a period of one year. One can only assume that the Bar did not require Fronczek to obtain a mentor if he stayed in government office, either because he would theoretically be supervised by superiors in the government, and/or he would not have access to client funds.

Either way, however, it is quite ironic that Morgan, who initiated a recall petition against Judge Ramsey in part because the judge was being a stickler on certain rules, seems to have had no problem hiring a prosecutor with multiple ethics cases against him.

But here’s the ultimate punchline: Now that Fronczek is suspended from practicing law for six months, who did Morgan get to replace him? Stephen Webster, the very prosecutor she initially saw fit to replace!

Putting it generously, the leadership of North Las Vegas continues to shine in mismanagement skills and bad judgement calls

In other News (click onto links):

 

“Judges’ Association Sides with Ramsey – Says that Judge Johnson Got it Wrong. There Should Be No Recall!”

http://yournews.com/copyroom/mynews.asp?zipcode=59916&story_id=414812

 

“MORE Ethics Violations in North Las Vegas” 1http://yournews.com/copyroom/mynews.asp?zipcode=58653&story_id=413954

 

“The Best Interests of the Child” http://yournews.com/copyroom/mynews.asp?zipcode=58653&story_id=413953

 

 

DIRTY POLITICS!

http://yournews.com/copyroom/mynews.asp?zipcode=58653&story_id=413319

 

“Problem Cop Promoted to Assistant Chief of Police!”

http://yournews.com/copyroom/mynews.asp?zipcode=136188&story_id=412305

 

CAUGHT WITH THEIR PANTS DOWN?

http://yournews.com/copyroom/mynews.asp?zipcode=58654&story_id=411278

 

Practice What You Preach: NV Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist Loses Custody

http://yournews.com/copyroom/mynews.asp?zipcode=59916&story_id=414536

 

“City of North Las Vegas refusal to collectively bargain and lack of police staffing”

http://yournews.com/copyroom/mynews.asp?zipcode=59916&story_id=414535

 

Caught on tape: “NEVADA ASSEMBLYMAN INTERVIEWS ONE WAY BUT VOTES ANOTHER!”  http://yournews.com/copyroom/mynews.asp?zipcode=59916&story_id=414534

“Is Clark County Family Court a Kangaroo Court?” http://yournews.com/copyroom/mynews.asp?zipcode=59916&story_id=414532

Judge refuses to enforce court order and blames Metro! http://yournews.com/copyroom/mynews.asp?zipcode=59916&story_id=414531

“Good Old Boys” retaliate against a Judge who IS doing the RIGHT THING…!!!
http://yournews.com/copyroom/mynews.asp?zipcode=59916&story_id=414530

 

CCSD Teacher & Former Clark County Candidate Strangles his Ex-Wife!!

http://yournews.com/copyroom/mynews.asp?zipcode=59916&story_id=414529

 

(VIPI) Veterans In Politics International

Steve Sanson President VIPI

“If you turn a deaf ear and a blind eye to corruption you are just as guilty as the perpetrators committing the injustice!”

Karen Steelmon Auxiliary Director VIPI

“One of the biggest problems in politics today is that individuals and

Organizations won’t admit when they’ve made a mistake, nor take steps to correct those mistakes.

 

VIPI is breaking this unacceptable pattern by publicly addressing our erroneous endorsement of Ralph Krauss, former candidate for Clark County School Board Trustee.

 

Additionally, VIPI took decisive steps to remedy our mistake. Ralph Krauss was recently arrested for Domestic Violence with Strangulation thanks in large part to VIPI for providing pertinent information to authorities.

 

Once VIPI learned of the egregious actions of this once-endorsed candidate, we did our duty to restore justice by cooperating with authorities, and issuing appropriate public apologies to those who were affected by our endorsement.”

Vicky Maltman Auxiliary Director VIP Northern Nevada Chapter

Dennis Egge President VIP Hawaii Chapter

Reginald Angus Argue President VIP Canada Chapter

“Positive changes comes from those, who are willing to stand in the middle of a political hurricane; all in an effort to protect other’s basic rights and freedoms.”

Established in 1992:

Mission: To educate, organize, and awaken our veterans and their families to select, support and intelligently vote for those candidates whom would help create a better world, to protect ourselves from our own government(s) in a culture of corruption, and to be the political voice for those in other groups who do not have one.

 For information or if you would like to become a member or donate to our cause please visit www.veteransinpolitics.org we are a not for profit.

# # #

Archived Shows

Veterans In Politics internet talk show:

http://www.vegasallnetradio.com/veterans-in-politics.html

Saturdays (LIVE)

2-3pm PT

VegasAllNetRadio.com

*If you would like to be a guest on our show please contact: email veteransinpol@aol.com or if you would like to place a commercial on anyone of our shows please dial 702 283 8088.

*If you would like to visit any of our archived interviews or find out who is going to be interviewed next go to; http://www.vegasallnetradio.com/veterans-in-politics.html

Distributed By:

Veterans In Politics International

Post Office Box 28211

Las Vegas, NV 89126

www.veteransinpolitics.org

702 283 8088

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: