People v. Swingle.
No. 23PDJ017. 4/14/2023. Reciprocal Discipline.
May 1, 2023
The Presiding Disciplinary Judge approved the parties’ stipulation and imposed reciprocal discipline, suspending H. Morley Swingle (attorney registration number 46773) from the practice of law in Colorado for three years. Swingle’s suspension took effect on April 14, 2023. Before petitioning for reinstatement to practice law in Colorado, Swingle must pay all costs and restitution ordered in Missouri and must be reinstated in Missouri, unless he shows good cause otherwise.
This reciprocal discipline case arose out of discipline imposed upon Swingle in Missouri. In October 2022, a hearing panel in Missouri recommended that Swingle be suspended indefinitely from the practice of law, with no leave to apply for reinstatement for three years. The sanction was premised on Swingle’s failure to avoid personal conflicts of interest through his involvement with and assistance to two separate interested individuals in cases in which he acted as a criminal prosecutor; his failure to make prompt disclosures of his involvement with these individuals; and the prejudice to the administration of justice caused by his improper conduct.
Through this conduct, Swingle engaged in conduct constituting grounds for reciprocal discipline under CRCP 242.21, which calls for imposition of the same discipline as that imposed in Missouri.