Attorney Don Bailey leaves the courtroom
in December 2012 after a
state committee held a hearing
on disciplinary action against him.
(Matt Miller, The Patriot-News)
The state Supreme Court has ordered Greensburg native Don Bailey, a former Pennsylvania auditor general and U.S. congressman, to surrender his law license for five years.
The court on Wednesday ordered the suspension that was recommended in May by its Disciplinary Board.
Bailey violated the rules of professional conduct by making false statements critical of federal judges in Pennsylvania, the court said.
Although the Supreme Court ruling came in a three-sentence order, the Disciplinary Board’s 19-page recommendation attached to the order sharply criticized Bailey, who lives in Susquehanna Township, Dauphin County.
“(Bailey) fails to accept adverse judicial decisions by an objective review of the facts or the law. He simply concludes that such decisions are a result of a conspiracy against him or his clients,” the disciplinary board said.
“(Bailey) has not expressed regret or remorse for any statements that he made,” the board noted.
In a separate 2009 case, Bailey, who practiced in Harrisburg, was ordered to pay nearly $50,000 in fees and costs for making unfounded claims of judicial misconduct.
Bailey, 68, served as auditor general from 1985 to 1989. He served as congressman from 1979 until 1983, representing a Western Pennsylvania district eliminated in redistricting.
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