A unanimous state Supreme Court on Tuesday took away Oklahoma City attorney Mike Gassaway's law license for bringing "disrepute and extreme embarrassment to his profession.”
The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled Gassaway had violated the rules of professional conduct at least six times since he was reinstated as an attorney in 2002. Its 30-page order described Gassaway as dishonest, deceitful, immoral and unprofessional.
"The gravity of the offenses committed by (Gassaway), and clearly proven by the (Oklahoma Bar Association), mandates our highest discipline,” Chief Justice James Winchester wrote.
The court ruled Gassaway's name should be stricken from the state's roll of lawyers. The 57-year-old Edmond resident also must pay $10,000 in court costs.
Gassaway could not be reached for comment Tuesday by The Oklahoman
. His attorney said he was saddened but not surprised by the ruling.
"It's been a long haul for Mike,” said attorney Billy Bock, who noted disciplinary proceedings against Gassaway began in March 2004.
Bock said the bar association, which oversees the attorneys in the state, stacked more than a dozen allegations of professional misconduct against Gassaway, who denied each one.
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