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    High court disbars ATL council member Willis

     

    By JIM WALLS

    Oct. 7, 2013 — The Georgia Supreme Court today unanimously ordered disbarment of Atlanta City Council member H. Lamar Willis for taking $30,000 from a client and failing to repay it.

    Councilman H. Lamar Willis

    Council member H. Lamar Willis 

    Willis deposited the $30,000 — a settlement negotiated in a civil suit on behalf of a client — and deposited it in his personal or business account, then converted the funds to his own use, the court’s opinion said. The defendants were later ordered to pay Willis’ client directly and seek reimbursement from Willis, which he has failed to provide, the court said.

    Willis’s actions, the high court said, demonstrate his “extreme disregard of his duty to safeguard the property of a client, which undermines the public trust.”

    The three-term council member blamed his failure to respond to disciplinary proceedings on depression. The justices disagreed, though, noting that “his continued active involvement in community affairs during this same period … appears to have taken priority over his obligation to his client and duty to respond to disciplinary authorities.”

    Willis faces Andre Dickens, an opponent backed by former Mayor Shirley Franklin, in the Nov. 5 city election.

     

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    One Response to “High court disbars ATL council member Willis”

    1. Frederick Bailey says:

      Just another example of some of our politicians and officials in Fulton and Dekalb.
      County Executive, School Board, and school teachers and leaders cheating on student proficiency tests; and these are just the current scandals. What is the latest about the crooks in the construction and school bids.

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