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Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Local Politico May Lose Law License

A former Minnesota State Senate Majority Leader may lose his license to practice law!

According to KSTP News:

    John Hottinger is in jeopardy over allegations he misused money from a client's lawsuit settlement, an infraction that he admitted took place while he was still a legislator.

    The Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility board filed a petition Tuesday asking the state Supreme Court to suspend or disbar Hottinger from practicing law for taking $8,820 from a trust account set up when a personal injury lawsuit was settled. He has since repaid the money.


    Hottinger said he effectively borrowed money from the trust account to help him pay his mortgage. He said he was financially strapped as a legislator making $31,000 a year. He said he planned to get the money from his retirement account once his career in the Legislature ended.

    The $22,000 settlement reached in Jan. 10, 2006, for a client identified only by her initials was meant to pay her legal and medical bills and other costs. Hottinger personally received $4,910 for representing the woman.

    Beginning Jan. 12, Hottinger wrote six checks from the trust fund ranging from $500 to $3,000. On April 12, the account became overdrawn when a check was made out to a clinic. Hottinger replenished the account in June.

Okay, now here's the FUN PART! Are you ready? Ready? Here we go!

Of which political party do you think Mr. Hottinger is a member? C'mon --- it's EASY!

You know the answer, but CLICK HERE to confirm!


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