Lewis v. Miniter
Rule 8.1 of the Rules of Professional Conduct provides, "[A] lawyer . . . in connection with a disciplinary matter, shall not . . . knowingly fail to respond to a lawful demand for information from . . . disciplinary authority." Previously, in November 2011, the respondent attorney, Francis Miniter, received a seven-year suspension from the practice of law. Allegedly, Miniter did not file an answer to a February 2011, grievance complaint, which was the third grievance complaint filed by the same individual. Apparently, the complainant did not prevail on the merits of any of the previous grievance complaints, and the local grievance panel did not find that probable cause exists on the merits of the February 2011, grievance complaint. The Statewide Grievance Committee found that the respondent attorney only violated Rule 8.1(2), because he failed to file an answer to the grievance complaint. As a result of the respondent's previous discipline and suspension, it ordered the respondent's presentment to Superior Court for discipline.