IRS Ethics Lawyer Disbarred. Guess Why.

Duh. For ethics violations. After all, she was an IRS ethics lawyer.

If you are surprised by this Washington Times headline then you are part of the problem: “Ex-IRS ethics office lawyer disbarred for … ethics violations.”

A lawyer who worked in the IRS ethics office was disbarred Thursday by the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, which concluded she misappropriated a client’s funds from a case she handled in private practice, broke a number of ethics rules and showed “reckless disregard for the truth” in misleading a disbarment panel looking into the matter.

The lawyer, Takisha Brown, reportedly had bragged that she would never be punished because her boss would protect her, but an IRS spokesman said Wednesday that she was no longer an employee at the agency.

“Our records indicate that this employee no longer works for the IRS,” spokesman Matthew Leas said, though he wouldn’t comment further on the case, which became another black eye for the embattled tax agency when The Washington Times first reported on it last year.

Ms. Brown had her licenses suspended and then was disbarred after misusing money she won for a client in an automobile accident case. Under terms of the deal, Ms. Brown was to use part of the settlement to pay the victim’s medical bills, but the lawyer withdrew the money herself and ignored repeated requests from the client’s physicians to make good on the bills, the appeals court said.

Ms. Brown also misled a disbarment hearing panel when it began looking into the matter, the court said.

The government really attracts quality people doesn’t it? Since we have to rely on such people to tell the truth about missing hard drives and lost emails it is good that they show such stellar character.

Brown seems to want to set back feminism to the nineteenth century as well:

She pleaded with the court for leniency. She said she paid back the money and explained that she was facing personal problems including a difficult pregnancy and marital troubles at the time she was being investigated for misconduct.

The author of the science fiction novel Dune, Frank Herbert, once said:

All governments suffer a recurring problem: Power attracts pathological personalities. It is not that power corrupts but that it is magnetic to the corruptible.

This makes a great deal of sense. And it would not just be a recurring problem but an accelerating one. As the corruptible find a place in government they make it easier for others like them to gain a place with them, driving everyone else away.

When do we reach the saturation point?