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Court shocks by overruling board and reinstating thieving attorney

addiction-bet-betting-casinoIn an almost unprecedented move, the Iowa Supreme Court has reinstated a disbarred attorney who stole over $99,000 from a client. Michael Reilly, who initially lost his license in 2006, was reinstated by a unanimous court, an incredibly rare occurrence, especially given that the offense involved taking money from a client and reinstatement was counter to the board’s recommendation. Reilly was able to produce several pieces of evidence that painted the initial crime as a circumstance of his gambling addiction, something he has since taken strong steps to overcome—including receiving counseling for 6 years.

Full story by Grant Rodgers via The Des Moines Register