Lawyer Stocker disbarred over child pornography

He met probation requirements and his conviction was expunged.

San Diego lawyer Frederick John Stocker was disbarred Dec. 19, 2012, according to the February California Bar Journal. He had been convicted of misdemeanor child pornography after his law firm discovered he had downloaded a large number of pornographic images on his work computer, according to the journal. He was placed on probation and classified as a registered sex offender. He met the conditions of his probation and the conviction was expunged in 2011.

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SurfPup: I can't say that I know the man, but I feel sorry for him. Best, Don Bauder

He sounds like a complete tool.

When I worked for the Federal Public Defender the VERY FIRST THING that was told to me, on the very first day, was do NOT VIEW ANY PORNOGRAPHY ON WORK COMPUTERS. It was a termination offense, even for judges.

Of course we know that the rule did not apply to the judges, as the head judge for the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, Alex Kozinski, who oversees ALL federal courts in the western United States, was caught with TONS of pornography on his work computer and not a thing happened to him. The discipline depends more on your rank and whom you know than the offense itself. http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-kozinski12-2008jun12,0,6220192.story

SurfPup: That is quite a story. I'll tell you another one. I was caught in a helluva trap. I had done a couple of scam columns on a local company, publicly-held (bulletin board or pink sheets) that was involved in pornography. So, of course, I had looked on the company's website and viewed some of the stuff it was hawking as part of my research. Well, suddenly, porn would pop up on my computer at the weirdest times; I might be researching exogenous variables and a porn photo would show up. At the time, Herb Klein and others at the top were trying to get me fired because of my opposition to the sports stadium scams and my insistence that the department do tough business reporting. I figured that I was getting these porn shots because of my prior interest in the porn being put out by the SD company I had written about. I didn't know what do do about it. I feared management would find out and make it a pretext for canning me. They were looking for anything. It didn't happen, but it was probably because they didn't search my computer. Best, Don Bauder

Wow. Yes, porn sites are loaded with computer viruses, also celebrity photo sites. Stay away from them.

SurfPup: I understand one should stay away from porn sites. But I was doing a column about a local scamster putting out porn. I was obligated to check his site. My doing so probably lit up other porn sites, and that's why they would attack my computer with their own porn. Best, Don Bauder

You feel sorry for a guy who's into child porn? Wow.

Swift Boat veteran and San Diego Attorney Wade Sanders appears to have committed the same violation as Stocker. Sanders pleaded guilty to a felony and got 36 months in prison. Prosecutors wanted 63 months. Stocker finishes probation, his conviction is expunged, and he's no longer a registered sex offender. This doesn't smell right.

http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2009/may/04/bn04sanders-hero-sentenced/

Burwell: I would assume that the Stocker evidence was less clear-cut. Best, Don Bauder

Stocker finishes probation, his conviction is expunged, and he's no longer a registered sex offender. This doesn't smell right.

First, Stocker plead to a misdemeanor not a felony as Sanders did, huge difference there, second, even if it were a felony one has to get the felony REDUCED to a misdemeanor, and that is not always easy, and only then can he get the PC 1203.4 "expungement", but the expungement does NOT take him or anyone else off the sex registry, that is for life, with or without the expungement. The list of offenses for the sex list is growing by leaps and bounds, it used to be a felony rape or actual sex crime against a PERSON, now it is everything and anything the gov wants it to be.........pretty soon spanking a child for discipline will be on the list.

SurfPup: Maybe governments' expanding definitions of a sex offender should be investigated. Best, Don Bauder

lawyers know how to work the system to their benefit, even when it stinks.

Murphyjunk: And the stinkier the lawyer's machinations, the more he charges. That's why the white shoe law firms defend so many crooks, including those tied to organized crime. The main determination of whether to take a case is how high the fees will be; fees rise as unethicality escalates. Best, Don Bauder

It looks like Stocker was a partner in Baker & McKenzie. His punishment appears to be a tad light compared to what other criminals have received for identical crimes.

http://www.zoominfo.com/#!search/profile/person?personId=250588476&targetid=profile

Burwell: Thanks for that clarification. When posting this, I tried to find what firm he had been with, and didn't come up with it. I should have looked harder. Best, Don Bauder

So how come my comment regarding the disbarred attorney Patricia Gregory and her really soft on crime PO was removed?

So let me get this straight. On July 15, 2005, his lawfirm finds child pornography on his work computer. Three days later, they fire him. THREE YEARS LATER, July 2, 2008, he pleads guilty to one count of Possession of Child Pornography and is sentenced to three years formal probation; 30 days county jail; fines/fees totaling $950.00; 60 days Public Service Program/volunteer work; a Fourth Amendment waiver; and registration as a sex offender. In July 2, 2009, the court found he had complied with his probation conditions, and reduced his probation from formal to summary. Then his criminal conviction was expunged on October 17, 2011. But it's not until August of 2012 that the state issues an order of inactivity, making him not eligible to practice law, finally disbarring him on December 19th. So from the time he was fired, in July of 2005, until August of 2012, this guy was still able to practice law, while the case was pending for THREE YEARS, while he was on probation, and for another 3 yrs after the change in his probation status. And it still took another 10 months after the conviction was expunged for the state bar to file the Stipulation disposition in state bar court. and finally disbar the guy. WOW, someone in the CBA sure has their head up their ass.

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