Saturday, August 15, 2009

St. Cloud lawyer faces possible action

By Lawrence Schumacher • • August 7, 2009

Former St. Cloud Mayor John Ellenbecker faces the possibility of suspension by the Minnesota Supreme Court, after a state office that oversees lawyers accused him of unprofessional conduct.

The Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility said in a three-part petition to the court that Ellenbecker, a criminal defense lawyer based in St. Cloud, failed in 2007 to return material to a former client, failed that same year to pay a process server he employed, and failed to cooperate with the office in its investigation of those allegations.

Ellenbecker, who has no record of prior discipline with the office, said the matters were “a misunderstanding” that were compounded when he “procrastinated” in responding to the office’s concerns.

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St. Cloud lawyer faces possible action

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