California Supreme Court denies Oxman's appeal of ruling that would strip celebrity lawyer of right to practice law
Brian Oxman, a former attorney for Michael Jackson and a favorite talking head on news programs, has been disbarred.
Last week, the California Supreme Court denied Oxman's appeal of a state bar ruling recommending that the high-profile lawyer be stripped of his right to practice law, according to public filings.
The State Bar of California said Oxman had used his client's trust account to evade creditors, commingled his personal funds in that account, and failed to cooperate with disciplinary investigations. He was also charged with one count of failing to report a judicial sanction.
The state bar also recommended a suspension for Oxman's wife, Maureen Patricia Jaroscak.
The complaints against the couple involved clients other than Jackson.
In denying Oxman's petition for writ of review, the court wrote that he was "disbarred from the practice of law in California and that his name is stricken from the roll of attorneys."
Oxman was part of Jackson's defense team during his 2005 trial for child molestation, but parted ways before the trial concluded with Jackson's acquittal. He also appeared as a legal expert on a range of programs such as "Good Morning America," "Nancy Grace" and "Larry King Live."
A call left at Oxman and Jaroscak's most recent known number was not immediately returned.
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