MSC turns down grievance administrator appeal in Stefani case

The Michigan Supreme Court issued an order Wednesday denying an appeal in the attorney discipline case against Michael L. Stefani, the attorney who gave information to the Detroit Free Press during the newspaper’s investigation into former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s misdeeds in office.

The Attorney Discipline Board had increased Stefani’s discipline from a reprimand to a 30-day suspension.

Both parties appealed, and the suspension was stayed pending the Court’s order. With the denial of the appeal, the Michigan Supreme Court

The Michigan Supreme Court has denied the administrator’s appeal, and Stefani’s suspension will be 30 days, starting 21 days after the order.

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Stefani misconduct hearing to end today

“Today is expected to mark the conclusion of the professional misconduct hearing for Mike Stefani, the attorney who wrested an $8.4 million settlement from Detroit in the police whistleblower cases,” reports the Detroit Free Press.

“Stefani is accused of breaching his ethical duties by, among other things, violating Callahan’s order by telling a communications company to send copies of damaging text messages involving then-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and his chief aide Christine Beatty to Stefani’s office, rather than sending them directly to the judge.”