The lawyer who filed suit challenging Senator Cruz’s eligibility to serve as president as a “Natural Born Citizen” has a record pockmarked with disciplinary actions and suspensions.
Newton B. Schwartz was barred from practicing in Louisiana for a flurry of ethical violations in 2014.
According to the detailed disciplinary ruling against Schwartz in Louisiana, he engaged in legal matters in Louisiana but was never admitted to practice law in the state and never sought temporary admission. (You can read the lengthy disciplinary case against Schwartz here).
He also consented to an order barring him from practicing law in Pennsylvania.
Although he’s still a member of the Texas bar, that too may soon be subject to disciplinary action. Leon Wolf notes:
Rule 11 of the The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure specifically state that by filing a suit, an attorney who signs a pleading is warranting that “the claims, defenses, and other legal contentions are warranted by existing law or by a nonfrivolous argument for extending, modifying, or reversing existing law or for establishing new law[.]” Both the comments to this rule and also the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct make it clear that an attorney has an affirmative obligation to conduct research to determine if the lawsuit he is filing is frivolous.
I can understand practicing without being admitted in Louisiana. Perhaps it was My Cousin Vinnie, and he simply misspelled his name? Or maybe there was a famous stage actor with the name Schwartz so he practiced under the stage name Johnnie Cochran?
But now that this idiot has come out into the public eye with his frivolous attempt to make a name for himself, he almost certainly won’t escape some kind of discipline. In the end, it can only help Ted Cruz.