U.S. Magistrate: Moncier should be disciplined

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A federal magistrate supports discipline for a high-profile Knoxville defense attorney for refusing to hold his tongue during a 2006 hearing.

Magistrate Susan K. Lee doesn't say exactly what should happen to Herb Moncier.

The lawyer already was held in contempt of court, fined and ordered to perform community service by the judge whom he allegedly refused to obey, U.S. District Judge Ronnie Greer in Greeneville.

But Lee's report could give weight to an attempt by U.S. District Judge Curtis Collier of Chattanooga, the chief federal judge for East Tennessee, to disbar Moncier from the federal courts under a secret process recently exposed by The Knoxville News Sentinel.

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(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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