On Friday, October 21, 2022, the Supreme Court of the State of Kansas disbarred North Kansas City Attorney Jack R.T. Jordan for accusing multiple federal judges of lying and committing crimes including conspiring with other judges in a Freedom of Information suit.
The case, titled In the Matter of Jack R.T. Jordan, was brought by the Disciplinary Administrator. Case #124,956.
The charges cited violations of Kansas Professional Conduct Rules 3.1, 3.4(c), 8.2(a), 8.4(d), and 8.4(g), which state:
A lawyer shall not bring or defend a proceeding, or assert or controvert an issue therein, unless there is a basis for doing so that is not frivolous, which includes a good faith argument for an extension, modification or reversal of existing law.
A lawyer shall not knowingly disobey an obligation under the rules of a tribunal except for an open refusal based on an assertion that no valid obligation exists.
A lawyer shall not make a statement that the lawyer knows to be false or with reckless disregard as to its truth or falsity concerning the qualifications or integrity of a judge, adjudicatory officer or public legal officer, or o a candidate for election or appointment to judicial or legal office.
It is professional misconduct for a lawyer to engage in conduct that is prejudicial to the administration of justice.
It is professional misconduct for a lawyer to engage in any other conduct that adversely reflects on the lawyer’s fitness to practice law.
The rules of professional conduct can be found online at this link.
The following are summarized from the Hearing Panel’s Findings of Fact:
Jordan allegedly engaged in misconduct by filing various pleadings that indicated accusations against federal judges of lying about the content of the ‘Powers e-mail’, lying about the law, concealing evidence, and conspiring against him. It was further alleged that Jordan repeatedly violated the Federal Rule of Civil Procedure, and filed motions that were prohibited by court order. Moreover, Jordan repeatedly made serious derogatory allegations about the qualifications and integrity of several judges.
According to the filing:
‘On November 19, 2019, the respondent filed a document titled, ‘Plaintiff’s Suggestions Supporting Motion to Remedy Judge Smith’s Lies and Crimes and Lift the Stay or Disqualify Judge Smith’.
Within that filing, the respondent wrote headlines that included, in part the following statements:
‘Judge Smith Is Knowingly and Willfully Violating Federal Law and the Constitution.’
‘Judge Smith is Committing Crimes and Helping Ray and other DOL and DOJ Employees Commit Crimes’ and
‘Judge Smith Must Be Disqualified If He Fails to Promptly Remedy His Knowing and Willful Violations of the Constitution and Federal Law’
The filing continues:
‘Within this filing in the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, the respondent claimed that Judge Smith, Judge Contreras, and other federal district court judges and administrative law judges communicated to the respondent ‘lies, threats, intimidation or punishment.’ The respondent also claimed that Judge Smith and Judge Contreras violated canons of the Code of Judicial Conduct, violated federal law, committed crimes, and concealed evidence, among other allegations.’
The disciplinary administrator recommended that Jordan be disbarred while Jordan believed there was no evidence indicating that he violated the Kansas Rules of Professional Conduct.
The Hearing Panel, after a formal hearing, unanimously recommended that Jordan be disbarred.
With the foregoing facts and discussion, the Court ruled against Jordan for his violations of the above-cited Rules of Professional Conduct.
The disposition reads:
“IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that Jack R.T. Jordan be and he is hereby disbarred from the practice of law in the state of Kansas, effective on the filing of this opinion. . .
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Office of Judicial Administration strike the name of Jack R.T. Jordan from the roll of attorneys licensed to practice law in Kansas.”
Prior to this disbarment, Mr. Jordan practiced in North Kansas City, Missouri. He had been licensed in Kansas and New York.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.