Frank Russell Wilson - #185591
The following information is from the official records of The State Bar of California.
PO Box 505
Roseville, CA 95678-0505
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||Undergraduate School:||Univ of California Davis; Davis CA|
|Sections:||None||Law School:||California Western SOL; San Diego CA|
Actions Affecting Eligibility to Practice Law in California
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January 23, 2009
FRANK RUSSELL WILSON [#185591], 40, of San Diego was suspended for 18 months, stayed, placed on two years of probation with a 45-day actual suspension and was ordered to take the MPRE within one year. The order took effect Jan. 23, 2009.Wilson stipulated that as a juror in a felony trial, he failed to maintain respect due to the courts by not disclosing that he is an attorney and he improperly posted comments about the trial on his blog.Wilson was impaneled on a jury hearing a trial in which the defendant faced five felony burglary charges. He had closed his law practice prior to the beginning of the trial and worked for a wireless communication technology firm. He did not disclose during voir dire that he was an attorney.The judge cautioned jurors not to discuss the case both in writing and orally. Nonetheless, Wilson posted an entry on his blog that identified the crimes, the first name of the defendant and the name of the judge, whom he described as “a stern, attentive woman with thin red hair and long, spidery fingers that as a grandkid you probably wouldn’t want snapped at you.”He also noted, “Nowhere do I recall the jury instructions mandating I can’t post comments in my blog about the trial. (Ha. Sorry, will do.) So, being careful to not prejudice the rights of the defendant — a stout, unhappy man by the first name of Donald …”Wilson’s action resulted in the court of appeal vacating the judgment in the case and remanding it back to the trial court.In mitigation, he cooperated with the bar’s investigation and he had no prior discipline record.