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Wausau attorney loses license for 3 years

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MADISON (WAOW) – The Wisconsin Supreme Court has upheld the three-year suspension of the law license of a Wausau attorney who in 2010 was convicted of some misdemeanor drug charges.

Ronald J. Moore, 58, cannot practice law in Wisconsin for three years beginning Dec. 30, the high court said in upholding the punishment handed down by the state Office of Lawyer Regulation.

Attorney Moore's ethical violations are serious breaches of his obligations as an attorney,” the high court said in an 18-page ruling Nov. 28.

Not only did he conspire with another to violate the criminal law of this state, he directed his own client, a young man already facing multiple criminal charges, to break the law again to serve Attorney Moore's own personal cravings.”

Moore was accused of six counts of professional misconduct involving his representation of some grandparents in a guardianship proceeding and of a teenager accused of some drug charges, court records said.

Moore gave the teen $400 in 2010 to buy him an ounce of marijuana but the teen's father intervened, leading Moore to make “multiple misrepresentations” about what was going on, court records said.

In October 2010, Moore was convicted of misdemeanor attempted possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was fined $1,500 and ordered to repay the teenager's family about $2,000 that he had billed them as the boy's attorney, court records said.

The Supreme Court's ruling in the disciplinary case against Moore also ordered him to pay the $1,254 cost of the proceeding.

The listed telephone number for Moore's office in Wausau was disconnected Monday and he could not immediately be reached for comment. There was no home telephone listing.

Moore's attorney in the criminal case, James Connell, did not immediately return a telephone message Monday.

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