Michael Pines, the Carlsbad lawyer who has advised clients to break into their homes after they have been foreclosed upon, and sometimes assisted them in the process, lost his license today (April 28) in a hearing before a State Bar judge. The decision is a temporary measure, pending a hearing on disciplinary charges against Pines "It means absolutely nothing," said Pines of the court ruling, according to the Los Angeles Times. "I will go right on doing what I have always done and it won't affect me at all, or my clients." The judge, Richard Honn, wrote that Pines considers himself "a modern-day Henry David Thoreau, who encouraged civil disobedience to effect universal social benefits, including ending slavery and war. But [Pines] is not Theoreau, and his cause is not slavery or war." The judge cited one Carlsbad instance in which Pines showed up with his clients, who had been foreclosed upon, and told the person who bought the house, "I'm going to precipitate an armed confrontation." He was arrested by Carlsbad police for making criminal threats in that case.
The subject of this piece, Michael T. Pines, is not to be confused with Michael Pines, a San Diego attorney.