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LISAM.AUBUCHON0131418400SouthKyreneSuite123empe,AZ85284elephone:(623)229-3843ubuchonlaw@cox.net
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REPLYTORESPONSETOSPECIALACTIONORINTHEALTERNATIVEAPPEALRE:STAYOFDISCIPLINEORDER
AppellantLisaAubuchonfilesherReplyandrequestsanimmediatestaybeentereduntiltheappealprocesshasbeenexhausted.AppellantasksthatthisCourttakejudicialnoticeoftheOrdersenteredintheunderlyingdisciplinaryproceedingincludingthestillsealedMotionforRecusal,DenialoftheMotiontoUnsealandtheStipulationtoUnsealfiledsimultaneouslywiththisReplythatareessentialtothisStayrequest.Appellantalsoasksthatthis-CourtconsiderreferencestothetestimonyasthetranscriptispartoftherecordthatwillbebeforethisCourtonappeal.
 
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TheDisciplinaryPanelruledthattheSanctionof"Disbarment"beimposedenialoftheStay,"DangertothePublic"hasonlycomeaboutafterthefactanagainstAppellant.TheSanctionasimposeddidnotincludeanyfindingsthatshposedadangertothepublic,oraneedforaninterimsuspension,andnorequesforinterimsuspensionwaseversuggested.TheattemptedjustificationforthwasnotpartofthePanelRuling.Rule59oftheRulesofSupremeCourtstates:"AAppellantmayseekastayofthedecisionofthehearingpanelbyfilintherequestwiththehearingpanel.Theapplicationforstaypendingappea
shallbegrantedsubject
toappropriateconditionsofsupervision,excepwhenaninterimsuspensionhasbeenorderedorwhenthehearingpanel,iitsdiscretion,determinesnoconditionsofsupervisionwillprotectthepubliwhiletheappealispending."WhentheAppellantfiledherclosingargument,sherequestedpermissiontobeheardifSanctionsweregoingtobeimposed,seePage167AubuchonClosing:
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RESPONSESTOPROPOSEDSANCTIONS"
"Controllinglawconcerningsanctionsissetforthindetailabove.Basedonthelaw,thesanctionssuggestedinmc'sclosingbriefaregrosslydisproportionatetotheviolationsalleged,evenifthePanelweretofindoneormoreviolations.Thatsaid,sincethePanel'sordercalledonlyforFindingsofFact,ConclusionofLaw,andargument,
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discussionofsanctionsatthisstageisprematureandinappropriate.Forthisreason,LisaAubuchonrespectfullyrequeststhatshebeprovidedanopportunitytopresenttestimonyandevidenceinmitigationofthesanctionsifanyviolationsarefound.TherewasnosuggestionatthetimeofthehearingofthismatterthatanyoftheAppellantswerethenrequiredtoputonevidenceinmitigation,andnonewaspresented.ToimposesanctionsbeforesuchahearingwouldbeunfairtoAppellantsandtothebardisciplinaryprocess."
 
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Thisopportunitytobeheardwasnotpermitted.Appellantlistedover6witnessesascharacterwitnesses-JudgeO'Neilldeniedherthatrightandalloweheronlysixwitnesses.Thepanelmadethefindingthatnoconditions
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supervisionwillprotectthepublicwhiletheapp~alispendingyetitwasbasesolelyonunsupportedconclusorystatements.Thetone,tenor,wordingconclusionsandlackoffactscontainedintheOrderDenyingtheRequestforStaywhichwillbeexaminedindetailbelow,doesnotfitthedignityoftheproceedingandthegreatnessofthelegalprofession.STAYREQUESTAppellantbringsthisactiontothisCourtandtherulesarenotclearhowtseekareviewofthedenialofthestay,especiallywhentherequestforastaywatimelyfiledwiththeDisciplinaryCourtandwasnotruleduponuntiltheverylasdaywhentheAppellanthadnochoicebuttoalsofilethealternativeremedy.Onalternativeisadirectappealonthemeritsofthedenialoftherequestedstay.ThsecondalternativeisthatthereviewofthedenialofthestayshouldbeconsideredSpecialAction.
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eitherevent,themeritsoftheappealarenottobedeterminedithisMotiontoStayexceptastheyshowacolorableclaimthatdisputesthfmdings.Theissueisnarrow:"arethereanyconditionsofsupervisionthatwilprotectthepublicwhiletheappealispending".Appellanthasagreedtocompl

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