I find it hard to believe Mr. Clarke did not know his actions were a clear violation. Then to not bother looking it up, or contacting the Bar to find out? He seems to have gotten off easy.
The violations stem from Clark’s financial relationship with an elderly widow who suffered from multiple sclerosis when they first met. She later developed Alzheimer’s disease and a personality disorder, among various physical ailments.
According to Mead, the widow, Eugenie B. Landry, owned a “small but valuable oceanfront residence,” which, upon her death in 2005, was sold.
The estate, which Clark controlled — and under which he was named the beneficiary — received the net proceeds of $524,000 from the sale.
“Clark ultimately took $325,000 from the estate,” Mead wrote in his opinion, adding, “He used the money to cover his children’s tuition costs and to pay off his mortgage.”