The State Bar of Arizona is pursuing charges against Kari Lake’s attorney, Bryan Blehm, not merely investigating complaints filed by others. The Arizona Bar told him it has already found probable cause to continue its proceedings against him, which means it will likely result in disbarment. The charges accuse Blehm of violating five ethical rules frequently used as catchall rules to disbar attorneys.
Kari Lake told The Arizona Sun Times, “I will represent myself before I drop the case. [Attorney] Kurt [Olsen] and Bryan are heroes.”
The Arizona Bar asked Blehm (pictured above) to respond to alleged violations of five rules of the Arizona Supreme Court, which include the Arizona Bar’s Ethical Rules:
- Rule 41(b)(3) To maintain the respect due to courts of justice and judicial officers;
- Rule 41(b)(7) To avoid engaging in unprofessional conduct and to advance no fact prejudicial to the honor or reputation of a party or a witness unless required by the duties to a client or the tribunal;
- ER 8.2(a) A lawyer shall not make a statement that the lawyer knows to be false or with reckless disregard as to its truth or falsity concerning the qualifications or integrity of a judge, adjudicatory officer or public legal officer, or of a candidate for election or appointment to judicial or legal office;
- ER 8.4(c) [not] engage in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation;
- ER 8.4(d) [not] engage in conduct that is prejudicial to the administration of justice.