- Associated Press - Monday, January 27, 2014

DETROIT (AP) - A state board announced Monday that it has suspended the law license of Detroit City Councilman George Cushingberry Jr. and imposed a $500 fine.

The 45-day suspension handed down by the Attorney Discipline Board will begin Feb. 18, WXYZ-TV (https://bit.ly/1ebjvx6 ) reported. The penalty settles a complaint from an ex-law client who says Cushingberry mishandled his case.

A lawyer representing Cushingberry has said his client agreed to the discipline without acknowledging liability.

Cushingberry joined the City Council this month, and his colleagues made him their president pro-tem.

He was fined and reprimanded in a 2005 legal misconduct case and reprimanded in a 2010 case.

According to police, Cushingberry had an alcohol container and marijuana in his car when officers ticketed him for failing to signal a turn on Jan. 7. He said his passenger has a medical marijuana card.

On Friday, police Chief James Craig said Cushingberry apparently received preferential treatment when officers discovered the alcohol and marijuana.

Cushingberry showed his city identification, Craig said. He said the councilman was ticketed but wasn’t given a sobriety test.

A sergeant who ordered Cushingberry’s release faces disciplinary action, the chief said.

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Information from: WXYZ-TV, https://www.wxyztv.com


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