Supreme Court of California Justia
Citation 47 Cal.3d 471
In re Lee

In re Lee (1988) 47 Cal.3d 471 , 764 P.2d 698; 253 Cal.Rptr. 570

[No. S007341. Supreme Court of California. December 8, 1988.]

In re STEPHEN TERRILL LEE on Disbarment

(Opinion by The Court.)


Rodney M. Toothacre, Charles B. Pederson and Toothacre & Pederson for Petitioner.

Diane C. Yu, Truitt A. Richey, Jr., Ellen R. Peck and Erica Tabachnick for Respondent.



Stephen Terrill Lee, admitted to practice in 1977, pled no contest in 1984 to soliciting intimidation of a witness by force or threat (Pen. Code, ยง 653f, subd. (a)). In 1987, this court referred the matter to the State Bar for a hearing, report and recommendation as to whether the facts and circumstances involved moral turpitude or other misconduct warranting discipline and, if so found, the discipline to be imposed.

The State Bar's report has now been filed. The hearing panel concluded that Lee had solicited the murder of a potential witness against him, and that his actions involved moral turpitude. The hearing panel recommended disbarment. The review department adopted the findings, conclusions and recommendations of the hearing panel with minor amendments.

[1] This court, after reviewing the entire record and briefs, and considering all the facts and circumstances, has concluded that Lee's conduct did involve moral turpitude, and that disbarment is the proper discipline.

It is ordered that Stephen Terrill Lee be disbarred from the practice of law in this state. It is further ordered that he comply with the requirements of rule 955, California Rules of Court, within the time periods set forth in the resolution adopted by the review department on July 21, 1988. This order is effective 30 days after the filing of this opinion.


Opinion Information
Date:Citation:Docket Number:Category:Status:
Thu, 12/08/198847 Cal.3d 471S007341State Bar - Disciplinecase closed

1Lee, Stephen Terrill (Petitioner)
Represented by Rodney M. Toothacre
Toothacre & Pederson
4180 La Jolla Village Dr.
Suite 400
La Jolla, CA

2State Bar Of California (Non-Title Respondent)
Represented by Office Of General Counsel - State Bar
1516 Ninth Street
1516 Ninth Street
Sacramento, CA

Dec 8 1988Disbarment ordered

Sep 27 1988Objections to the report & recommendation filed
Oct 28 1988Response to Petition filed by State Bar
State Bar brief in support of Report & Recommenda- Tion
Dec 2 1988Reply to State Bar response filed
Reply brief in Opposition to Report & Recommenda- Tion. (filed w/Perm)
Dec 8 1988Disbarment Ordered
Dec 19 1988Petition for rehearing of State Bar discipline filed
by petitioner
Dec 22 1988Request for rehearing of State Bar discipline denied
Motion for reconsideration, request for oral argument, and application for stay denied.
Feb 16 1989Affidavit re 955 Compliance filed