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LIVINGSTON COUNTY, MO (2011-10-18)
A former Livingston county prosecuting attorney gets a hearing today before the state supreme court on disciplinary charges.
Michael Koenig Hearing suffered a series of physical, mental, and marital setbacks in 2008 and 2009, some of which happened while he was the part-time prosecuting attorney. While operating his private law practice in Chillicothe an investigation discovered he failed to file paperwork in a timely manner in court for clients, failed to return client phone calls, and money clients won from settlements were deposited into his own trust account and his personal money offset deficits to reimburse his clients what they were owed. The chief disciplinary counsel is recommending to the state supreme court Koenig's law license be suspended for 2 years but that suspension be put on hold and Koenig be placed on 3 years probation. That attorney says Koenig has shown a sustained period of recovery from his depression and that the proposed probation would allow officials to monitor his conditions and actions. It could be several months before the state's high court issues a ruling on today's hearing.
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