State Bar cites Sacramento, Carmichael attorneys

The State Bar of California's latest list of attorney discipline -- through Feb. 28 -- includes two Sacramento attorneys and one Carmichael attorney. 

The State Bar placed Jesse Soto Ortiz III, of Sacramento, on two years probation stemming from failing to file a brief in a murder appeal case.

The judge dismissed the case as a result.

Ortiz told ABC10 that he was dealing with personal issues back in 2012-13, when he represented the client. 

"Prior to the commencement of action by the State Bar, I cooperated with the client and his new counsel to get his appeal reinstated and refunded all fees paid by the client," he said. 

Ortiz's probation took effect Feb. 4. He was initially admitted to the State Bar in 1995. 

Another Sacramento attorney, Gerald William Filice, was disbarred due to multiple incidents of misconduct. 

In one case, Filice was hired to register two companies with the Secretary of State. 

"Shortly after, Filice filed articles of incorporation for each company and issued four checks from his client trust account but, before the checks cleared, he made several withdrawals from the account and two of the checks bounced," the State Bar noted. 

His disbarment took effect Feb. 10. Filice was initially admitted to the State Bar in 1981. 

And in Carmichael, Emory Luther King, Jr. was placed on two years probation -- and suspended from practicing law for six months -- after soliciting sex from a client. 

The client refused and King later resigned from a defense panel after he was confronted with the allegations. 

His probation and suspension took effect Feb. 4. King was initially admitted to the State Bar in 1976. 

Neither Filice nor King could be reached for comment. 

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