|Iron County District Attorney Martin Lipske's|
law license was suspended for two years in 1990.
Lipske's license was suspended four times
between 1985 and 1990 as well
The Wisconsin corporate press is playing stenographer to Iron County DA Martin Lipske as Lipske makes pro-mining political statements to the press and threatens to throw the book at a mining protester as he publicly muses about prosecutions of several other Gogebic Taconite mining protesters prior to any criminal complaint or the inception of any law enforcement investigation, the latest careless move in a reckless history of Lipske's, confirmed by the State Bar of Wisconsin this morning.
To this point, the Wisconsin press has failed to report the numerous instances of professional misconduct in Lipske's legal career, treating Lipske's overheated characterization of mining protesters as credible, despite Lipske's slipshod history as an attorney in Wisconsin, as referenced by the State Bar of Wisconsin's history of Lipske's license to practice obtained this morning from the Bar in an e-mail after a phone call, and reproduced below.
Lipske as an attorney had his license to practice law suspended for nearly four years in Wisconsin, and is currently barred from practicing law in Minnesota for numerous ethical violations, including a two-year suspension for discipline involving "dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misconduct."
Lipske is getting a free political ride as Lipske takes political shots at mining protesters in the press in his apparent attempt to criminalize opposition to the proposed, massive Iron mine in northern Wisconsin.
Steven Verburg of the Wisconsin State Journal offers editorial support for the Gogebic Taconite mining interests and its allies like Lipske in his news piece today.
Writes Verburg this morning: "The details on the [alleged criminal] incident help explain why the Gogebic Taconite mining company hired heavily armed security guards from Arizona who wore camouflage and masks, Lipske said."
Is that what Lipske said?
Verburg either has not vetted Lipske as a credible source, or does not care about Lipske's shady history of practicing law in Wisconsin.
The State Bar of Wisconsin confirmed this morning the almost four-year suspension of Lipske's license to practice law from 1990-1994, after a quick phone call.
Iron county in northern Wisconsin has a population of 6,861 people.
Lipske's suspension to practice law was lifted in 1994.
Lipske was "Suspended for Discipline" for two years under the category of "dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misconduct" in 1990, it was reported in the Ironwood Daily Globe (Ralph Ansami), after consultations with the Wisconsin Office of Lawyer Regulation.
The State Bar will not provide specifics per its policy, but a press account from the Ironwood Daily Globe (Ansami. September 6, 1994) when Lipske ran for Iron County DA, reads:
Lipske was also sanctioned for failing to provide competent representation, and for neglect of several legal matters.
[Lipske] was suspended from practicing law in both Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Additionally, Lipske had his license to practice law in Wisconsin suspended four times for administrative delinquencies between 1985 to 1988.
Specifically, Lipske was suspended three times for failure to pay dues, and once for failing to obtain a Continuing Legal Education (CLE) requirement in 1985.
The history of Lipske's license to practice is reproduced below.
All of Lipske's suspensions to practice law in Wisconsin have been lifted since 1994.
Currently, Lipske is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin in good standing.
Further information can also be obtained through the Wisconsin Office of Lawyer Regulation.
Iron County DA Martin Lipske License Status (State Bar of Wisconsin)
Atty. Martin Lipske License Status’
10/31/1985 Suspended for CLE (Education requirements)
11/1/1985 Suspended for Dues and CLE
11/7/1985 Suspended for Dues (CLE Lifted)
11/11/1985 Good Standing (All suspensions lifted)
11/3/1986 Suspended for Dues
11/12/1986 Good Standing (All suspensions lifted)
5/11/1988 Suspended for CLE
07/05/1988 Good Standing (All suspensions lifted)
7/1/1990 Suspended for Discipline [emphasis added]
1/19/1994 Good Standing (All suspensions lifted)