In re Kleinpeter, 012021 LASC, 2020-B-01125

Docket Nº2020-B-01125
Party NameIN RE: KEVIN P. KLEINPETER
Judge PanelWeimer, C.J., concurs in part, dissents in part and assigns reasons. WEIMER, C.J., concurring in part and dissenting in part. PER CURIAM.
Case DateJanuary 20, 2021
CourtSupreme Court of Louisiana

IN RE: KEVIN P. KLEINPETER

No. 2020-B-01125

Supreme Court of Louisiana

January 20, 2021

IN RE: Kevin P. Kleinpeter - Applicant Other; Disciplinary Counsel - Applicant Other; Joint Petition for Consent Discipline

Joint petition for consent discipline accepted. See per curiam.

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Weimer, C.J., concurs in part, dissents in part and assigns reasons.

WEIMER, C.J., concurring in part and dissenting in part.

I agree that the respondent should be disciplined; however, regarding the sanction, I would have accepted the initial joint petition for consent discipline. Therefore, I respectfully concur in part and dissent in part.

ATTORNEY DISCIPLINARY PROCEEDING

PER CURIAM.

The Office of Disciplinary Counsel ("ODC") commenced an investigation into allegations that respondent was arrested for driving while intoxicated. Prior to the filing of formal charges, respondent and the ODC submitted a joint petition for consent discipline. Having reviewed the petition, IT IS ORDERED that the Petition for Consent Discipline be accepted and that Kevin P. Kleinpeter, Louisiana Bar Roll number 30578, be and he hereby is suspended from the practice of law for a period of one year. It is further ordered that this suspension shall be deferred in its entirety and that respondent shall be placed on probation for a period to coincide with the term of his recovery agreement with the Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program. Any failure of respondent to comply with the terms of the agreement may be grounds for making the deferred suspension executory, or imposing additional discipline, as appropriate.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that all costs and expenses in the matter are assessed against respondent in accordance with Supreme Court Rule XIX, § 10.1, with legal interest to commence thirty days from the date of finality of this court's judgment until paid.

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