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Minnesota Lawyer Convicted of Tax Evasion Indefinitely Suspended

June 10, 2021, 10:02 PM

A Minnesota lawyer who was convicted of two counts of willfully failing to file federal income taxes was indefinitely suspended by the state’s highest court.

Similar cases warrant a lesser sanction, the Minnesota Supreme Court said Wednesday, but aggravating factors, including the attorney’s “prior similar misconduct and lack of remorse—warrant more severe discipline.”

William B. Butler was convicted in 2019 and placed on probation by the district court. At the time, he’d been suspended since 2015 for filing frivolous lawsuits for 40 clients and not paying $300,000 in court-ordered sanctions, the state high court said.

After the conviction, a disciplinary ...

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