Louisiana Legal Ethics reported in its November newsletter that a hearing committee of the Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board has recommended a fully deferred suspension for a Northshore lawyer who received his legal fee in marijuana.
According to the legal newsletter, the respondent, James D. Mecca, agreed to undertake the representation of a confidential informant who posed as a prospective client. He met the CI in a Target parking lot in Covington, and accepted $300 in cash and a backpack containing marijuana. After driving away, he was arrested by deputies of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office. Ultimately, Mecca pleaded guilty to the crime of simple possession of marijuana.
LLE could not help but note that the “About Us” page on the respondent’s website states the following: “We Accept Multiple Payment Methods.”