Detroit City Council President Pro Tem George Cushingberry Jr.'s law license will be suspended
5:02 PM, Jan 15, 2014
10:01 PM, Jan 15, 2014
(WXYZ) - Detroit City Council President Pro Tem George Cushingberry Jr.'s law license will be suspended for 45 days.
The 7 Action News investigators have learned that Cushingberry will not be able to practice law once the Attorney Discipline Board issues an order.
The suspension stems from a case involving a complaint from a former client. It is not related to his recent traffic stop.
This is the third time the Attorney Discipline Board has publicly cracked down on Cushingberry. In this case, he has agreed to this suspension. He pleaded no contest to three allegations, including failing to take reasonable steps to protect a client's interest upon termination of representation. Cushingberry will have to give $500 back to the client, who owns a convenience store.
Cushingberry's lawyer Todd Perkins says instead of litigating, the Council President Pro Tem would rather resolve this matter so he can focus on serving the citizens of Detroit.
Cushingberry has been reprimanded in the past for mishandling money in probate cases. As part of this agreement, he will also have to attend a workshop with the State Bar of Michigan called "Tips and Tools for a Successful Practice."