Supreme Court Censures Cheyenne Attorney

CHEYENNE – The Wyoming Supreme Court has issued an order of public censure of Cheyenne attorney Dion J. Custis.

In a criminal appeal, Custis filed a brief that misrepresented the testimony of an important witness.  When the misrepresentations were brought to the Wyoming Supreme Court’s attention, the Court sanctioned Custis $500 and ordered him to file a corrected brief.  Following investigation of the matter by the Office of Bar Counsel, Wyoming State Bar, a disciplinary hearing was held before the Board of Professional Responsibility (BPR).  The BPR determined that Custis’ conduct violated Rule 3.3 (duty of candor toward the tribunal), Rule 5.3 (responsibilities regarding nonlawyer assistants), Rule 8.4(c) (conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation) and Rule 8.4(d) (conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice) of the Wyoming Rules of Professional Conduct, and recommended to the Wyoming Supreme Court that Custis receive a public censure.

Following review, the Wyoming Supreme Court accepted the BPR’s recommendation and issued a public reprimand.  Custis was ordered to pay an administrative fee of $500 and costs in the amount of $1,827.72 to the Wyoming State Bar.

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