Detroit City Council President Pro Tem George Cushingberry, Jr. will have his law license suspended starting February 18, according to an order the Attorney Disciplinary Board issued today.
The suspension is for 45 days and is a result of a complaint filed by a client who says Cushingberry mishandled his case.
Cushingberry will also have to pay $500 in restitution and attend the Michigan State Bar's Tips and Tools for a Successful Practice seminar.
Cushingberry began making headlines soon after he took office. Police pulled him over earlier this month for cutting them off after leaving the Penthouse Lounge on Detroit's west side. Detroit Police Chief James Craig held a press conference last week over an investigation into the supervising officer who let Cushingberry off with a traffic violation though he had an a cup of alcohol in his car and a smoked marijuana joint on the car console. More joints were also found in the car.
The order issued today also says that Cushingberry was admonished in 2010 for previous misconduct.
This is not the first time Cushingberry has been accused of legal misconduct. In 2005, the Attorney Discipline Board reprimanded and fined him for failing to properly administer two probate estates. Also, about a decade ago, the Wayne County Probate Court prohibited him from being appointed to probate cases because he mishandled several of them.