An Attorney Without a Defense

Clallam Bay attorney James K. Naito has been disbarred from the practice of law for conduct involving the commission of a criminal act, reports the Washington State Bar Association's Bar News. Lowering the boom on Naito seemed an appropriate discipline:

"On or about March 25, 2008," the Bar says, "Mr. Naito hit his wife on the back of the head with a five-pound barbell weight, fracturing her skull. On July 8, 2008, the Thurston County Prosecutor filed an Amended Information charging Mr. Naito with [first-degree assault/domestic violence] based on the incident described above. This offense is a Class A felony. On the same day, he pleaded guilty to the Amended Information. The court sentenced Mr. Naito to a term of 93 months in prison, followed by 36 to 43 months in community custody."

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