Embattled Detroit councilman ordered to appear before discipline board

The rule for suspended lawyers is simple: If your license is suspended, you can't practice law. You can't even call yourself a lawyer.

George Cushingberry has had his law license suspended twice since he joined the Detroit City Council. FOX 2 problem solver M.L. Elrick caught him continuing to advertise his legal services, and now we're learning M.L. wasn't the only one who noticed.

Online and on Facebook, Cushingberry insists he is abiding by the terms of his suspension. But some pretty important folks - the attorney grievance commission - disagree.

It's no secret Cushingberry didn't want to talk to Elrick earlier this year when he tried to ask why Cushingberry was still advertising his legal services, and now Cushingberry apparently doesn't want to talk to the attorney grieivance commission. You know, the folks charged with investigating and prosecuting lawyers who break the rules.

A week after Elrick reported that Cushingberry was still promoting his law practice on his political blog, and maintaining a website for his law office -- even asking people to contact him for help "with all your legal needs" -- the attorney grievance commission told Cushingberry to knock it off.

Cushingberry left the website up, adding this poem:

"I am closed for legal
Business, sight unseen,
Until I come back in 2016

My friends call me Cush
And now I have more time
To address pressing issues
Like pensions and crime

Some people can be so mean
However, I am running for office
In 2017."


That didn't satisfy the grievance commission, and a month later, they complained to the attorney discipline board that Cushingberry's "continued failure to comply is knowing and intentional."

The attorney discipline board just sent Cushingberry this letter ordering him to attending a hearing to explain why the year-long suspension of his law license should not be increased.
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