CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A New Martinsville attorney and former political candidate had his law license annulled Monday by the state Supreme Court, which called his conduct "reprehensible."
H. John Rogers, who most recently ran unsuccessfully for a position on the state Supreme Court last year, pleaded no contest in 2010 to the misdemeanor charges of false swearing and malicious application to declare a person mentally ill or inebriate in Wetzel County Magistrate Court.
The state Lawyer Disciplinary Board recommended that Rogers lose his law license, saying that he "violated duties owed to the public, to the legal system and to the legal profession," among other things.
In the unsigned decision, the court wrote, "We find that Mr. Rogers's conduct in this matter falls woefully short of the obligations a lawyer owes to the public, to the legal system and to the profession."
In 2009, Rogers filed a notarized application for involuntary custody for a mental health examination against Jeffrey Shade, alleging that Shade was suicidal, on psychedelic drugs and physically assaulted Rogers twice with no provocation, the decision states.
Shade owns Barristas Café and had kicked Rogers out of his coffee shop the day before Rogers filed the mental health application.
The next day, Rogers filed an application to have Shade committed, documents state. Shade was detained by police and taken to the Hillcrest Behavioral Health Center at Ohio Valley Medical Center in Wheeling, a secure in-patient facility. He was released the same day after undergoing numerous tests, according to the board's brief.