On Wednesday, January 17, 2024, the Commission for Lawyer Discipline (CFLD) responded to a plea filed by attorney Landon Stephon Keating in a disciplinary case before the Board of Disciplinary Appeals appointed by the Supreme Court of Texas.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Landon Stephon Keating,” with case no. 68536.

The CFLD filed a petition for compulsory discipline against Keating on November 15, 2023, related to five felony charges he pleaded guilty to on April 4, 2023. Keating was charged with five counts of felony invasive visual recording and received deferred adjudication community supervision for five years on each charge.

On January 8, 2024, Keating filed a plea to the jurisdiction of the Board of Disciplinary Appeals (BODA), In the plea, Keating argues the board does not have jurisdiction because the crimes he pleaded guilty to are not considered “intentional crimes” requiring compulsory discipline under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Procedure.

In the response, the CFLD argues that BODA does have sole jurisdiction over the matter as the disciplinary agency charged with hearing compulsory discipline cases. The response states it is up to BODA, not Keating, to determine if the crimes are intentional under the rules.

The CFLD response also claims invasive visual recording does meet the definition of an intentional crime requiring discipline. The response analyzes the elements of the crime and argues it involves deceit and invading someone’s privacy without consent, making it a crime of moral turpitude.

In conclusion, the CFLD asks BODA to deny Keating’s plea to the jurisdiction and asserts that BODA has the discretion to disbar Keating given he pleaded guilty to five separate felony charges.

According to avvo.com, Mr. Keating attended the St. Marys University School of Law, graduating in 2017. He acquired his law license in Texas in the same year.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.