Deputy District Attorney Clint Parish appeared in State Bar court the past two days on "disciplinary charges" against him for an event in 2012, before he worked in Tuolumne County.
State Bar attorneys allege Parish used false and deceptive campaign materials to embellish his support and tar his rival, Judge Dan Maguire, for a judge seat in Yolo County in May 2012.
A State Bar spokeswoman said Parish
could, if found guilty, face disciplinary actions up to disbarment.
However, the prosecutors have offered a punishment of a public reproval, or reprimand, and ethics classes, including passage of the Multi-State Professional Examination, according to his
has sought dismissal of the charges, but had previously indicated a willingness to accept a "truly private reproval" with conditions including, but not limited to, additional ethics classes.
cited these defenses in his
took reasonable measures to correct any violation.
pre-trial statement showed he
would call seven witnesses that have worked with him - some on the campaign in question, including his
State Bar attorneys allege Parish
in May 2012 falsely accused Maguire of being involved in a "sordid case of corporate fraud that involved payments of bribes in Russia" while in private practice in Denver.
also falsely attacked Maguire's record as it related to his
service as a deputy legal affairs secretary for Gov
In campaign materials, Parish
claimed Maguire helped craft the governor's 2011 decision to reduce the manslaughter sentence of Estaban Nunez, the son of Schwarzenegger ally and former Democratic Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez.
Around the same time, Parish
posted on his
campaign Website a false claim that he'd been endorsed by the City of Winters Police Department
, according to the State Bar filing.
Tuolumne County District Attorney Mike Knowles said his office was aware of the controversy surrounding the election, and was notified by Parish himself.
Knowles said Parish
is already doing a respectable job for the office and stood by his decision to hire him, noting the complaints are not about his direct practice of law.
Parish joined the Tuolumne County DA's Office last fall as a deputy district attorney.
He formerly worked as a deputy prosecutor for the Yolo County District Attorney's Office.
representatives declined to comment beyond confirming he'd worked for the county for a decade and left on Nov. 16, 2012.
State Bar records show Parish, a graduate of University of the Pacific's McGeorge School of Law, was licensed to practice in California in 2000.
has no prior disciplinary record.
The Yolo County
DA's Office and County Counsel declined to comment on Parish's service or the nature of his
Online records, however, show he received an "Individual Leadership Award" in 2006 for creating a liaison program with local law enforcement agencies.
couldn't be reached for comment.