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Moorhead Might Face Disbarment

Dear Source:
Based on what I read in "Moorhead Gets More Time in Contempt of Court Charge," Moorhead should be concerned not only about contempt, but also about a disciplinary hearing with possible disbarment from the V.I. Bar and termination from employment at the office of the Attorney General. The idea of an attorney purporting to represent a client without being properly appointed to do so boggles my mind. If he has not been properly appointed, most jurisdictions would prohibit him from being paid for his representation.
The bankruptcy law is federal. I'm no bankruptcy attorney, but surely the supremacy clause of the U.S. Constitution is worth a look. It may dictate that the bankruptcy judge's orders trump the PSC.
If not, then I ask why would any public services commission actively thwart the laudable effort of a federal proceeding to save the public and the employees from financial and service disaster? A truly independent PSC wouldn't.

Dena Langdon
St. Thomas

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Dear Source:
Based on what I read in "Moorhead Gets More Time in Contempt of Court Charge," Moorhead should be concerned not only about contempt, but also about a disciplinary hearing with possible disbarment from the V.I. Bar and termination from employment at the office of the Attorney General. The idea of an attorney purporting to represent a client without being properly appointed to do so boggles my mind. If he has not been properly appointed, most jurisdictions would prohibit him from being paid for his representation.
The bankruptcy law is federal. I'm no bankruptcy attorney, but surely the supremacy clause of the U.S. Constitution is worth a look. It may dictate that the bankruptcy judge's orders trump the PSC.
If not, then I ask why would any public services commission actively thwart the laudable effort of a federal proceeding to save the public and the employees from financial and service disaster? A truly independent PSC wouldn't.

Dena Langdon
St. Thomas

Editor's note: We welcome and encourage readers to keep the dialogue going by responding to Source commentary. Letters should be e-mailed with name and place of residence to source@viaccess.net.