On Friday, February 2, 2024, the Montana Office of Disciplinary Counsel filed a formal complaint against attorney Jack H. Morris with the Commission on Practice of the Supreme Court of the State of Montana.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Jack H. Morris.”

The charges cited Montana Rules of Professional Conduct 3.3, 4.2, and 8.4.

The complaint alleges Morris violated three rules of professional conduct during his representation of a client charged with crimes related to deliberate homicide. According to the complaint, Morris’ client and two co-defendants were charged in March 2020 in Beaverhead County.

One co-defendant, identified as C.V., had entered a plea agreement to testify against Morris’ client. The complaint says Morris contacted C.V.’s attorney in July 2022 to discuss matters, including a potential deposition but was told the attorney must be present for any communication with C.V.

In October 2022, Morris allegedly contacted C.V. directly while trying to subpoena him as a witness. The complaint states Morris’ conversation with C.V. lasted 20 minutes and went beyond matters of serving the subpoena. C.V.’s attorney and the prosecution subsequently filed motions to quash the subpoena.

At an October 28 court hearing, the judge asked Morris about his communications. The complaint claims Morris misrepresented to the court that he had permission from C.V.’s attorney to speak with C.V. and that their discussion was limited to C.V.’s willingness to testify.

The disciplinary counsel is seeking a citation requiring Morris to respond to the allegations, a formal hearing before the Commission on Practice, and a recommendation of disciplinary action if wrongdoing is found. The complaint alleges Morris may have violated rules regarding communication with a represented party, candor to the court, and professional misconduct.

According to avvo.com, Mr. Morris is an attorney in Helena, Montana. He acquired his law license in Montana in 1991.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.