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Pennsylvania Lawyer Found to Have Abandoned Clients Suspended

July 28, 2020, 6:24 PM

A Pennsylvania lawyer found to have abandoned the cases of three of his clients and who failed to show up for his disciplinary hearing was suspended for two years by the state’s highest court.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court adopted the sanction recommended by its disciplinary board, which said that Joseph John Ashton III’s “utter abdication of responsibility” to clients depending on him shows he’s unfit to practice law and can’t represent clients “until he can prove his fitness to do so.”

In all three cases, Ashton failed to communicate developments with clients and didn’t return their calls so that they...

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