Ex-grid star to lose law license Monday

But there is still confusion on paperwork

According to the State Bar Court of California, Ronald Jack Mix, former star Chargers lineman, will lose his law license Monday. Bar records state that as of September 26, Mix, a Hall of Famer, goes on "interim suspension after conviction." Mix, a lawyer specializing in workers compensation, pleaded guilty to felony tax fraud in May of this year.

However, the State Bar Court says that Mix's May conviction "is not yet final" because certain paperwork was missing at the beginning of September, so the suspension is "pending." Despite this problem, the official listing for Mix on Bar records says that an interim suspension takes place Monday.

Ron Mix. Over a three-year period, the former Charger had left 150 telephone messages at McKee’s office.

Ron Mix. Over a three-year period, the former Charger had left 150 telephone messages at McKee’s office.

Federal investigators found that Mix paid former professional basketball player Kermit Washington $155,000 over a number of years in exchange for workers comp referrals. Mix sent the money to an alleged charity run by Washington. Then Mix deducted the money he paid Washington as a charitable contribution. He was convicted of filing a false tax return. The Bar emphasizes that this is "a felony that involves moral turpitude."

Mix put in his guilty plea in federal court in Kansas City, Missouri. Some of his clients were from Missouri. Mix agreed to pay almost $50,000 to the Internal Revenue Service.

Mix's lawyer argued that Mix thought Washington's charity was legitimate. Mix represented many older athletes who did not make the kind of money in their day that athletes make today.

Mix was an All-American lineman at the University of Southern California. He was voted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1979. He was the second player from the American Football League inducted into the Hall of Fame. He played most of eleven years with the Chargers and one with the Raiders.

He got his law degree from the University of San Diego.

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Don, this sounds similar to what Donald Trump did with his own charity. He had others pay him and donate to his Trump charity because he was maxed out on tax breaks and corporate welfare and allegedly pays zero Federal in Federal taxes. The he used his so called charity as a personal ATM machine allegedly paying 248,000 in legal fees related to his businesses, buying large portraits of himself and allegedly, in a pay to play action, paying both the Attorney Generals of Florida and Texas campaign contributions to drop investigations into the fraudulent Trump University in those States. So when can we expect felony indictments of Trump on these charges before or after the elections?!

SportsFan0000: When I was studying Mix's alleged caper, I kept thinking of Trump. Mix's tricks are similar to the tricks Trump allegedly used. Billions of dollars of swindles go through so-called charities. Best, Don Bauder

Jonathan Montag: If this blog ignored any item that is in the public domain, the cupboard would be rather bare. Many excellent stories are buried in the public domain-- it has quietly been buried in government records.

You would be shocked to know how much important information is buried in the public domain. Best Don Bauder

I probably had his autograph from back in the day meet and greet for fans, kids, went down the Charger players line with bother Ed. Didn't know what the fuss but brotherBrand was a high school football "star" (in his own mind). Then also went into corruption and turpitude but still under radar with well connected pals. Might figure the whole club is corrupt so why not?!

shirleyberan: Lots of athletes are "stars" in their own minds. Ditto for "intellectuals." Best, Don Bauder

Joseph Oppenheim and Jonathan Montag: As of Saturday, September 24, Mix's listing in official Bar records was "This member is active and may practice law in California." But lower down in the document, there were the words, "Interim suspension after conviction" dated "9/26/2016/"

Today (September 26) the wording has been changed to "Not eligible to practice law (not entitled)." Best, Don Bauder

With the police, it's the "thin blue line." Is there a similar colloquial term for lawyers (when they come out of the woodwork in defense of one of their own)?

Ponzi: I am not sure what you mean. To my knowledge, Washington is not a lawyer; Mix was not coming to his defense. The bar ultimately did not come to the defense of Mix, as today's action showed. Best, Don Bauder

I was referring to the comment left by Mr. Montag.

Ponzi: How about "ambulance chaser's ambulance chaser." Best, Don Bauder

"Thick as thieves" "We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to office" Aesop the Ancient Greek.

And now for the great office I get to choose between a candidate who uses a "charity" to avoid paying taxes or a candidate who uses a "charity" to allow wealthy donors to buy influence. Hooray.

ImJustABill: Hooray? What's there to cheer about? Best, Don Bauder

shirleyberan: Amen. Here's an ancient poem that I have printed before: "The law doth punish man or woman/ Who steals a goose from off the common/ But lets the greater felon loose/ That steals the common from the goose."/

There is nothing new under the sun -- especially sociopathic crooks and politicians. Best, Don Bauder

Might have to credit Italian mob for thick as thieves, not sure.

shirleyberan: I don't know how "thick as thieves" originated, but I do know a good comeback, albeit not really related. First man:"I see your hair is getting a little thin on top."

Second man: "Who wants fat hair?" Best, Don Bauder

Do I vaguely remember that something like this happened to Ron Mix when he first started to practice, maybe 40 years ago? Where he was really innocent, but somehow technically guilty?

nostalgic: The U-T did an investigative piece on Mix about two decades ago. It turned up some shoddy practices. Best, Don Bauder

Like the Chargers , ex Chargers lose too !

boemac: Losing is habit-forming. Best, Don Bauder

Maybe should have been allowed to keep California license with good past record.

shirleyberan: If he lost his license in the years-ago offense, he obviously got it back. Best, Don Bauder

Kermit Washington, of course, was most famous for ending Rudy Tomjanavich's (sp?) Houston Rockets NBA career with a punch in the 70'

ImJustABill: Yes, Washington's punch nearly killed Tomjanovich. Best, Don Bauder

shirleyberan: Few remember who won that game, but Washington's knockout punch of Tomjanovich made the game famous.Best, Don Bauder

Jonathan Montag apparently thinks the subjecect of Ron Mix moral retreat not up for discussion.

shirleyberan: I am probably the oldest person on this blog who remembers Ron Mix as a Chargers star. I don't think I ever saw him play, though. Best, Don Bauder

Jonathan Montag: I think you will find that the Reader is the only publication in San Diego that prints information on lawyers who have been disbarred. The same goes, I believe, for doctors who lose their licenses.

As to your other point: why is one man's crime written up and another's isn't? That's easy. The man who commits a murder in public deserves to be written up at length; the man who gets a ticket for jay-walking does not deserve to be written up. Best, Don Bauder

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