IN THE MATTER OF THE APPLICATION FOR DISCIPLINARY ACTION AGAINST CYNTHIA M. FELAND, A MEMBER OF THE BAR OF THE STATE OF NORTH DAKOTA
NOTICE OF HEARING
File No. 5007-W-1002
TREASURE ISLAND - COINS AND PRECIOUS METALS
Notice is Hereby given that the above-entitled matter will come on for hearing…….
Hearing Panel of the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of the State of North Dakota, on Wednesday, the 29th day of June, and Thursday, the 30th day of June, 2011, at 9 a.m., in the Brynhild Haugland Room, at the State Capitol, 600 East Boulevard Avenue, Bismarck, ND.
THE NO BIG DEAL NUMBERS UPDATE: April 9, 2011 5:40 p.m.
From Joe Paduda (July 26, 2010), "Feland or Blunt: Who's the criminal?":
This isn't a routine, 'happens all the time' thing. Far from it. although to hear Feland tell it, this is no big deal - according to the Bismarck Tribute, Feland "said it is not uncommon for people to file complaints against prosecutors."
Well, Cynthia, let's look at the numbers, shall we?
Last year there were 349 cases that went thru the Disciplinary Board program.
192 were dismissed or the attorney was referred to an assistance program and 123 are still pending. That leaves 34 cases where there was some kind of final ruling. 17 went to a Panel Hearing. That's where Feland is headed. And the odds aren't good.
Only 2 cases were dismissed. Of the remaining cases, the Panel reprimanded the attorney in 6, the Supreme Court suspended the attorney in seven, and disbarred the offender in 2.
So Feland has a much better chance of being disciplined, or having her license to practice suspended, than she does of acquittal.