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NO DATE SET FOR GOLD BAR WOMAN'S HEARING
On misconduct charges
April 27, 2014
Top: Scan of front page of WSBA/ODC complaint against Anne K. Block for alleged muisconduct filed Feb. 14, 2014. Bottom: artist rendition of Block. CLICK TO ENLARGE
This story first ran 4/27/14 in the Chronicle's Breaking News section
(SEATTLE, WA) -- No date has been set yet for a public hearing on misconduct charges levied against a Gold Bar, Washington woman Anne K. Block, according to Debra Carnes spokeswoman for the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA).
The Sky Valley Chronicle was the first newspaper in the state to report in March that Block, an unemployed woman who has been described by some of her alleged victims as an abusive, prolific and years long Cyber Stalker in clear and continued violation of Washington State law has been under investigation for her alleged misconduct by the Office Of Disciplinary Counsell (ODC) of the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA).
The ODC in a document labeled "Formal Complaint Proceeding No.14 #00016" and dated Feb. 14, 2014 informed Block that, among other things:
~ Block had lied to the ODC to impede the investigation into her alleged misconduct.
~ Block had actually falsified a document and sent it to the ODC, also in an effort to impede the investigation into her alleged misconduct.
~ That Block had made misrepresentations to the ODC.
~ That Block had tried to resign from the Bar (in violation of the Bar's rules pertaining to members who are being investigated for misconduct) evidently in an effort to derail the probe into her actions and thus avoid any possible discipline from the Bar including possible disbarment.
~ Block was served with a subpoena by the ODC and ordered to appear for a legal deposition and to bring certain documents having to do with an alleged years-long cyber stalking/stalking campaign against Snohomish County resident John Pennington and his family, but Block did not show up for the deposition nor did Block supply the ODC with the requested documents.
~ Block did not respond to any of the charges of misconduct leveled against her by Mr. Pennington who submitted a detailed complaint with supporting documentation.
~ As a result of these and other factors, a public hearing will be scheduled by the WSBA on Block's alleged misconduct.
The ODC also included that, "Block acted intentionally when she made misrepresentations during her attempted resignation (from the WSBA) and/or when she advised disciplinary counsel that she had filed or noted motions to Block the deposition or quash the subpoena."
In addition the ODC found that Block's "failure to respond" to the Pennington grievance "caused actual, serious harm by impeding the ODC's investigation."
The ODC says the public hearing to be held for Block will be held for the purpose of "possible dispositions including possible disciplinary action" against Block.
The full March 15, 2014 Chronicle report on the WSBA's investigation into Block's alleged years-long harassment campaign against the Pennington family of Snohomish County can be found here .
STORY TAGS: Washington State Bar Association (WSBA), misconduct charges against Anne K. Block, cyber stalking, alleged cyber stalker Anne K. Block, Sky Valley Chronicle, lawyer misconduct, lawyer discipline, Office Of Disciplinary Counsel (ODC) of Washington State Bar Association, Thomas M. Cooley Law School, WSBA Senior Disciplinary Counsel Linda B. Eide, RPC, Rules of Professional Conduct for lawyers, John Pennington, Gold Bar, WA