Baton Rouge lawyer suspended for incident with Concordia Parish DA
Published 12:22 am Sunday, February 10, 2019
VIDALIA — The Louisiana Supreme Court has suspended a Baton Rouge attorney for one-year and one-day after he chest-butted an opposing attorney in a Concordia Parish judge’s chambers in March 2015.
The incident occurred during a March 19, 2015, conference when Felix “Andy” Anthony DeJean IV was in a meeting with Concordia Parish District Attorney Bradley Burget in Seventh Judicial District Court Judge Kathy Johnson’s chambers.
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“At the conclusion of the conference, as the parties were leaving the judge’s
chambers, a physical altercation occurred,” the supreme court opinion states. “Mr. Burget claims that respondent exchanged words with him, physically confronted him and ‘chest bumped’ him.”
DeJean was later charged with simple battery in connection to the incident and went to trial on July 14, 2016, before retired Justice Chet Traylor, who at the trial’s conclusion found DeJean guilty.
Traylor sentenced DeJean to six months in the parish prison, suspended, and placed him on 18 months supervised probation with conditions, including he be required to submit to a psychological evaluation and complete an anger-management program.
In August 2017, the Office of Disciplinary Counsel of the Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board recommended DeJean be suspended from the practice of law for one year and one day, and the Louisiana Supreme Court upheld that decision in its Jan. 30 opinion.
“The length of the suspension means,” the American Bar Association writes in an article on its website, “DeJean will have to formally apply for reinstatement.”
DeJean has a history of such episodes, his first being in 2006 when he was placed on a two-year probation by the Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board for “‘physical altercations and behavior’,” the opinion states, “caused by his bipolar disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and prior use of marijuana and alcohol,” the opinion states.
“… In 2013, the disciplinary board publicly reprimanded respondent for engaging in conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice when he acted in an abusive and threatening manner towards the opposing party during a settlement conference.”
DeJean also has filed his own civil suit against Burget, the opinion states, “for damages arising out of the battery incident. Respondent described the suit as trying to claim his innocence in mitigation of his criminal conviction. The suit remains pending.”