IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS
December 10, 2012
IN RE: JEROLD W. BARRINGER,
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Herndon, Chief Judge:
On September 2, 2011, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, per curiam, issued an Order indefinitely suspending Jerold W. Barringer from the practice of law in the Tenth Circuit for advancing frivolous arguments (Doc. 1), an order which first came to this Court's attention on November 2, 2012. Pursuant to Local Rule 83.3(c)((2)(iii), the Court directed Mr. Barringer to Show Cause in writing why this Court should not impose "identical discipline" as the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals imposed.*fn1 Barringer filed his response (Doc. 4).
The Court has reviewed Barringer's response and finds that he does not meet his burden under the local rule to overcome imposing a reciprocal discipline. The Tenth Circuit allowed him to respond. Respondent failed to demonstrate that there was an infirmity of proof establishing the misconduct, in fact, he admits the underlying facts and only argues the interpretation of such conduct. He argues that imposing the discipline here will result in a grave injustice, but it is clear that he makes no apology for the conduct nor his intent to carry on the practice. The Court need not allow him to waste the valuable resources of the Court nor subject additional clients to such worthless advocacy. Lastly, this Court finds the discipline imposed by the Tenth Circuit to be appropriate and the respondent, given the positions he has taken, has not convinced the Court otherwise.
Barringer claims that it would be unfair to apply the sanction here because he has served the time and is seeking reinstatement. Of course, the discipline is indefinite suspension but he may seek reinstatement after one year. So Barringer misrepresents to this Court the nature of his discipline not unlike the type of argument that got him in trouble in the first place.
An Order of reciprocal discipline similar to that entered by the Tenth Circuit is entered and Barringer is SUSPENDED from the practice of law indefinitely. Should the Tenth Circuit reinstate him, this Court will reinstate him. However should the Tenth Circuit reinstate respondent, this Court reserves the right to hold hearings on the conduct which Barringer is currently engaged in in this Court, in cases now pending, which is identical to that which precipitated his discipline in the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
Digitally signed by
Date: 2012.12.10 12:20:59 -06'00'
David R. Herndon Chief Judge United States District Court