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Oklahoma City attorney disbarred after new charges are filed

Oklahoma City attorney Lewis B. Moon has been banned from practicing law after being charged again with crimes.
by Nolan Clay Published: January 23, 2013

Oklahoma City attorney Lewis B. Moon was banned Tuesday from practicing law after being accused of posing as a federal firearms agent and threatening another attorney.

The Oklahoma Supreme Court called Moon, 47, “an embarrassment to the legal profession” and rejected his request for “leniency based upon his history of alcoholism.”

The Supreme Court in September publicly censured Moon for three alcohol-related offenses. Justices then warned him to stay out of trouble or face suspension for two years.

Justices decided instead to disbar him for failing his second chance to stop drinking. They acted after he admitted to drinking when he allegedly posed as a federal agent in May and threatened violence at a bar in October.

“The clear and convincing evidence supports the allegations that he engaged in shooting firearms while intoxicated; identified himself as a federal ATF agent; attempted to extort money from and assaulted and battered a fellow lawyer; threatened the same attorney with death; and even more reprehensible, told his fellow Bar member that he could have his daughter raped,” the Supreme Court wrote.

Justices wrote testimony in the first disciplinary case made it clear Moon served clients well.

“Several colleagues and judges … felt certain that Moon had conquered his demons,” justices wrote. “We were of the same opinion. However, Moon admits having ‘fell off the wagon with a thud;' drinking alcohol on May 19, 2012, and October 7, 2012; and having engaged in profane and insulting behavior while intoxicated.”

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by Nolan Clay
Sr. Reporter
Nolan Clay was born in Oklahoma and has worked as a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1985. He covered the Oklahoma City bombing trials and witnessed bomber Tim McVeigh's execution. His investigative reports have brought down public officials,...
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