SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Craig K. Martin, a San Francisco attorney, today filed a 50-page Opening Brief in federal court appealing the dismissal of his discrimination lawsuit filed against the State Bar of California and Judge Lucy Armendariz.
Martin, an African American who successfully practiced law for 33 years and was disbarred, alleges that exculpatory evidence was withheld by the State Bar during his trial in which he was charged with and found negligent of professional misconduct and subsequently disbarred in January 2010, with only 3 days’ notice.
Martin alleges that the State Bar and Judge Armendariz knowingly and willfully withheld exculpatory documents that prove another attorney was liable for his client’s substantial loss in a probate matter, for which Martin was charged with misconduct and subsequently disbarred.
According to a “Personal and Confidential” letter that was made public and discovered by Martin, the State Bar after a three-year investigation, found no evidence of misconduct by the other attorney who is Caucasian, and closed the matter.
However, the Probate Judge in the case found a litany of violations, fraud and professional misconduct committed by the Caucasian attorney over a period of 15 years, which substantiates Martin’s claims.
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