Legal Ethics

At First Suspended, Retired Detroit Prosecutor Is Disbarred on Reconsideration for Allowing Perjury


After initially only having her law license lifted for two years, a controversial former chief drug prosecutor in the Detroit area has been disbarred.

Reconsidering the penalty for retired Wayne County assistant prosecutor Karen Plants, the Attorney Discipline Board said a harsher penalty was mandated by her “lack of reflection” about readily available, appropriate alternatives before resorting to false testimony, the Metro Times reports.

The Detroit News, Detroit Free Press and Crain’s Detroit Business also have stories.

“Although this lawyer has served the system well in the past,” the board wrote, “when we consider the mitigation offered against the backdrop of the entirety of the circumstances here, it is our considered view that disbarment is not only appropriate in this case, but that anything less would seriously weaken a lawyer’s cardinal duty to the system of justice.”

Additional and related coverage:

ABAJournal.com: “Retired Detroit-Area Drug Prosecutor Takes Plea in Trial-Testimony Case, Will Get 6 Months”

ABAJournal.com: “Defense Attorney, Unlike Prosecutor, Was Publicly Arrested and Jailed in False Testimony Case”

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