On Thursday, August 31, 2023, the Supreme Court of Maryland suspended attorney Asher Newton Weinberg for intentional misrepresentations.
The case is entitled “Attorney Grievance Commission of Maryland v. Asher Newton Weinberg,” with case no. 1.
The charges cited Maryland Rules of Professional Conduct Rule 3.3, 8.2, and 8.4.
The Supreme Court of Maryland determined that in his representation of a client in a criminal case, Weinberg had engaged in three significant transgressions: Firstly, he had provided inaccurate information in court filings concerning the victim’s ability to identify the client as the perpetrator of crimes against them. Secondly, he had knowingly and recklessly made false statements that cast doubt on the integrity of several judges who had presided over the proceedings in the criminal case involving his client. Lastly, by committing these actions, he had engaged in misconduct that had the potential to undermine the reputation and credibility of the legal system.
“Respondent made knowing and intentional misrepresentations to the circuit court in his June 18 Motion and Habeas Petition in violation of Rule 3.3(a)(1). Both pleadings contain knowingly false representations of what Ms. Hirsch would testify to regarding her identification of Ms. Lemons as the person who assaulted her and robbed the 7 – 11.”
According to the court, Weinberg’s actions were taken in a misguided attempt to advocate for his client, showing a lack of proper judgment. Additionally, the court noted that Weinberg had made public statements impugning the character of two judges, demonstrating reckless disregard for their reputation. While Weinberg’s actions were not driven by selfish motives, the court emphasized that they were serious breaches of ethical conduct. As a result, an indefinite suspension with the opportunity to apply for reinstatement after six months was deemed an appropriate sanction, considering both the nature of the violations and Weinberg’s remorse and efforts to prevent future misconduct.
The Disposition states:
“The Supreme Court concluded that the appropriate sanction is an indefinite suspension with the right to apply for reinstatement after six months from the beginning of the period of suspension.”
According to avvo.com, Mr. Weinberg is a DUI And DWI attorney in Silver Spring, Maryland. He is the owner of the Law Office Asher Weinberg. He attended the Nova Southeastern University – Shepard Broad Law Center, graduating in 2006. He acquired his law license in Maryland in 2013.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.