- Associated Press - Thursday, August 3, 2017

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A federal judge is holding a reinstatement hearing for a Delaware lawyer who was suspended after a drunken-driving crash that left another motorist seriously injured.

Thursday’s hearing regards a petition for reinstatement filed by bankruptcy attorney Timothy Cairns.

The Delaware Supreme court in February 2016 ordered Cairns suspended from practicing law for 21 months, effective retroactively to his transfer to disability inactive status in November 2014.

Cairns was sentenced to a year of probation after pleading no contest to drunken driving and driving on the wrong side of the road following the September 2014 collision.

He later pleaded guilty to second-degree vehicular assault, a misdemeanor, after prosecutors dropped one count of first-degree vehicular assault, a violent felony. He was sentenced in 2015 to a year of probation for that offense.

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