Jamie Harley (aka Jamie Harmon), a prosecutor turns criminal defense lawyer, was convicted yesterday of five counts of money laundering in in a San Jose Federal Court. Sentencing will take place in October
Jamie Harley (Photo: Courtesy)
Harley was indicted five years ago for laundering $100,000 for a client. The client, Christian Pantages, pleaded guilty to charges stemming from his illicit business of selling stolen computer equipment.
Strangely, Harley is listed as ACTIVE with the State Bar of California.
In May of 2010, the State Bar Court Review Department complied with Jamie Harley's request that the recommended suspension be “substantially reduced” and issued an order suspending her for only 6 months. The Review Department panel, which consisted of Remke, Epstein and Purcell, reasoned that Harley misconduct was mainly the result of "mismanagement".
Previously, the hearing judge found Harley culpable of 12 counts in eight client matters, and recommended that she be actually suspended from the practice of law for one year.
Beginning in 2005, the State Bar Office of Chief Trial Counsel charged Harley with 20 counts of professional misconduct in 10 client matters occurring from 2002 to 2006. It sought disbarment, alleging that her misconduct involved disrespect and dishonesty to the court and inattention to clients, including mishandling of their funds and files.
For more concerning the judge's misconduct in this case see: