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Bradenton attorney reprimanded by state

Bradenton attorney reprimanded by state

February 26, 2015 

Florida Bar

TALLAHASSEE -- The Florida Supreme Court has suspended a Bradenton attorney's license for three years and a Sarasota attorney's for 90 days, according to the Florida Bar
Richard Lee Buckle was suspended three years retroactive to April 28, 2014, following a Jan. 27 court order. Buckle was admitted to practice in 1973.
According to a news release from the Florida Bar, Buckle sought to have a judge removed from his case by filing a frivolous motion for appointment of a new judge on the eve of his trial. He impugned the judge’s qualifications and integrity, and in his motion, knowingly disparaged the judge based on ethnicity, gender, religion, marital status and perceived sexual orientation, the release states.
Also, Andre Keith Roger Charbonneau of Sarasota was suspended 90 days, effective 30 days from a Jan. 22 court order. He was admitted to practice in 1999.
According to the Bar, Charbonneau received money from his aunt to purchase a home. When filling out the loan application, he indicated the money was a gift from his aunt, who also signed a gift letter. After closing on the house, Charbonneau signed a note indicating the money was a loan, as his family now indicated he needed to repay the monies, the news release states.
Charbonneau never took steps to notify the lender of the change, the release states. Later, Charbonneau filed for bankruptcy and did not list his aunt as a creditor. Charbonneau subsequently revised the bankruptcy petition to correctly include his aunt.
The Florida Supreme Court in recent court orders disciplined 26 attorneys, disbarring four, suspending 17 and publicly reprimanding five. Four attorneys received more than one form of discipline. Two were placed on probation and two were ordered to pay restitution.

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