Jailed Carson Lawyer Had Been Suspended

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A lawyer jailed this week after allegedly appearing in court drunk had been suspended from practicing law more than a year ago by the state bar, according to records obtained by the Nevada Appeal.

Patrick Walsh, 56, was suspended for failing to properly represent a client after an August 2003 hearing by the group's disciplinary board, the newspaper reported Saturday.

Walsh did not attend the hearing, according to a document filed by the disciplinary board with the Nevada Supreme Court.

Walsh was also suspended for failing to pay his association dues and to obtain additional education, said Phil Pattee, assistant counsel for the Nevada Bar Association.

Walsh was cited for contempt of court Wednesday by Justice of the Peace John Tatro after he appeared to be intoxicated during a hearing.

A preliminary breath test given to Walsh in court had an alcohol reading of 0.173, according to the contempt order filed in Carson City Justice Court.

The judge ordered Walsh to be taken into custody about 4 p.m. and jail employees were instructed to administer breathalyzer tests on him every two hours until he had a zero alcohol reading, the newspaper said. He was released at 1:29 a.m. Thursday.

Walsh, who was first licensed to practice law in Nevada in 1974, led an unsuccessful bid against Noel Waters for the office of district attorney in 1994.

He served as a deputy attorney general from 1974 to 1978 and was at one time a pro tem magistrate judge for Carson City district, justice and juvenile courts.