Ga. high court disbars Augusta lawyer

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The Georgia Supreme Court disbarred Augusta attorney Samuel Cruse today.

In an order released this morning, the state’s high court revealed details of the investigation that resulted in Cruse’s disbarment following repeated disciplinary actions by the state bar and the federal court.

Cruse, who was licensed to practice law in 1988, was barred from practicing in federal court in February 2007.

According to the opinion, Cruse admitted his professional failures in accepting $9,000 from a woman and filing what the federal judge deemed “the most frivolous and least warranted suit” he had ever seen.

In a second case, Cruse failed time after time to refund a client’s $4,000 even after ordered to do so by a state and federal judge, and after being given repeated chances to do so to save himself from possible disbarment.

 

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seenitB4
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seenitB4 02/07/11 - 11:42 am
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Geeez....Is there any wonder

Geeez....Is there any wonder we have so many lawyer jokes.

georgepeters
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georgepeters 02/07/11 - 11:50 am
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Sam Cruse was appointed to

Sam Cruse was appointed to represent a young man I know for a capital offense. From what I could see he did no research on the case and offered an inadequate defense. The young man is now serving life in jail. The young man did plead guilty then recanted. He probably was guilty, but I believe the man had redeeming values and a life sentence was not appropriate. I believe it would have been a different outcome with a competent lawyer.

tiredofsrryppl
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tiredofsrryppl 02/07/11 - 12:17 pm
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One down, how many left to

One down, how many left to go?

Imzadi
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Imzadi 02/07/11 - 12:26 pm
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Was it not Shakespear who

Was it not Shakespear who said
"Kill the lawyers first"

I believe he had this type personality in mind.

blueknight28
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blueknight28 02/07/11 - 12:27 pm
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It's about time he was

It's about time he was disbarred, he has done unethical things since he first started practice. How many chances do you think anyone else would have to pay back money that was owed to someone. Cruse will always be a joke. Thank you judge and the Supreme Court.

CoastalDawg
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CoastalDawg 02/07/11 - 12:40 pm
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Maybe he will want to run for

Maybe he will want to run for a judge's position now.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 02/07/11 - 01:01 pm
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President, anyone?
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President, anyone?

realitycheck09
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realitycheck09 02/07/11 - 01:16 pm
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Say what you will about the

Say what you will about the legal profession, but compared to, say, teachers, lawyers do a great job of policing themselves.

Many Axes
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Many Axes 02/07/11 - 01:37 pm
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Long overdue, Bye Bye Mr.

Long overdue, Bye Bye Mr. Cruse, Good Riddance, Aloha and all the other farewells.

storiesihaveread
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storiesihaveread 02/07/11 - 03:08 pm
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So the $1,000 did the woman

So the $1,000 did the woman ever get her $4,000.00 back?

Sweet son
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Sweet son 02/07/11 - 04:29 pm
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"One call, that's all".

"One call, that's all". "Tell then you mean business".

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 02/07/11 - 07:44 pm
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There's an inherent conflict
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There's an inherent conflict in: lawyers judging lawyers, doctors policing doctors, car salesmen judging car salesmen, politicians investigating politicians, parents judging offspring, police investigating police et al. The basic credo here; don't sit in judgement on someone who may turn the tables on you. Unfortunately, there is not that much integrity to go around.

Iamrightyouarewrong
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Iamrightyouarewrong 02/07/11 - 07:58 pm
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From the story it seems that

From the story it seems that he was disbarred over the failure to return $4000. Imagine the cost incurred in undergraduate and law school and then throwing it all away over $4000. Kind of like the local pharmacist who lost his pharmacy and store in south Augusta a few years ago and then went to jail over some illegal practices. What a waste for anyone with an "education".

prettywoman
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prettywoman 02/07/11 - 10:28 pm
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Justice, Justice, Justice;

Justice, Justice, Justice; Mr. Cruse is probably one (1) in thousands that should be disbarred or seriously reprimanded and made to reimburse their client every dollar for swindling them out of their money. Lawyers are always trying to manipulate the legal system to their advantage instead of doing what is best for the client.

prettywoman
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prettywoman 02/07/11 - 10:45 pm
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Justice, Justice, Justice;

Justice, Justice, Justice; Mr. Cruse is probably one (1) in thousands that should be disbarred or seriously reprimanded and made to reimburse their client every dollar for swindling them out of their money. Lawyers are always trying to manipulate the legal system to their advantage instead of doing what is best for the client.

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Decisis 02/09/11 - 12:45 am
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maybe now he can join the

maybe now he can join the crooks selling cars, investments or insurance and make real money! anyone need a variable annuity?

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Ohio Lawyer 02/11/11 - 11:56 am
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Now now. First,

Now now. First, Shakespeare's, "First, we kill all the lawyers," was said by one of three characters who were conspiring to overthrow the government. Shakespeare understood that lawyers are the protectors of law and order. Don't take my word for it - look it up yourself.

Second, the legal profession does a tremendous job policing itself. The lawyers who take advantage of clients eventually wind up in trouble and an order from the state supreme court that they repay clients. Many states create funds from court filing fees to reimburse such clients.

Third, if you have never needed a lawyer then you shouldn't smack'em down. If you've ever needed a lawyer when you find yourself in a tough situation, chances are you will find a good one who is going to take care of you and possibly become a valued lifetime friend and counselor who always has your back. If you've ever been represented by a lawyer who takes advantage of you, I sympathize with you. Read our Code of Conduct sometime. Most lawyers try to live up to it everyday. Just like you, I'm sure, everyday try to live up to the code of conduct in the Good Book.

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