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In re Wright

Supreme Court of Montana

March 4, 2014

IN THE MATTER OF CHAD M. WRIGHT, an Attorney at Law, Respondent.

ORDER OF DISMISSAL OF DISCIPLINARY COMPLAINT

On August 3, 2012, a formal disciplinary complaint was filed against Montana attorney Chad M. Wright. The disciplinary complaint may be reviewed by any interested persons in the office of the Clerk of this Court.

The complaint in this matter is based upon Wright's representation of an individual in relation to potential habeas corpus claims following the individual's exhaustion of state proceedings attacking his conviction of sexual assault. The Commission on Practice held a hearing on the complaint on October 17, 2013, at which hearing Wright appeared with counsel, presented witnesses, and testified on his own behalf.

On January 23, 2014, the Commission submitted to this Court its Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law, and Recommendation that the complaint against Wright be dismissed. No objections were filed within the time allowed.

The Commission has concluded, based on the evidence produced at the hearing, that the Office of Disciplinary Counsel did not prove any of the allegations pled in the complaint by the necessary clear and convincing standard of proof. As a result, the Commission recommends that the complaint filed against Chad M. Wright be dismissed and this matter be closed.

Based upon the foregoing and upon our examination of the record, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED:

1.The Commission's Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law, and Recommendation are ACCEPTED and ADOPTED.

2. This disciplinary complaint against Montana attorney Chad M. Wright is DISMISSED. See M. R. Prof. Cond. 22.1, which provides that a complaint which is dismissed or upon which no disciplinary action is taken, "shall be expunged from Commission and Disciplinary Counsel Records and for all purposes shall be considered as null, void, and nonexistent."

The Clerk of this Court is directed to serve a copy of this Order of Discipline upon Chad M. Wright through his counsel of record and to provide copies to Disciplinary Counsel, the Office Administrator for the Commission on Practice, and the Executive Director of the State Bar of Montana.


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