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State Democratic Chair Faces Discipline By State Bar

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ATLANTA (AP/WAOK) – Georgia Democratic Party Chair Mike Berlon is being disciplined by the State Bar of Georgia after he acknowledged violating rules in his private work as an attorney.

The Georgia Supreme Court on Monday issued an order agreeing a “Review Panel reprimand” was an appropriate sanction. The maximum sanctions had been disbarment or public reprimand. A “Review Panel reprimand” is considered a lesser punishment with no suspension and no fines ordered.

Court records show Berlon, who took over as state Democratic chair in 2011, filed a petition for voluntary discipline after the complaint was filed. The client had claimed Berlon failed to file paperwork as requested and paid an investigator without permission.

Berlon tells The Associated Press he takes responsibility for the miscommunication with the client on legal strategy.

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