Great Body, Lousy Finish: Kentucky Lawyer Suspended After Arrest For Stealing High Priced Wine

170px-Margaux94_1The Ohio Supreme Court has suspended Rodger Moore, a Northern Kentucky attorney who appears to have been undone by a love for expensive wines — very expensive wines. Moore reportedly admitted to a series of shoplifting incident of wine. As a wine lover, I always joke that this is an expensive habit and that a heroin addiction would be cheaper. Moore appears to have prove the point.

The Ohio Supreme Court unanimously suspended Moore for two years with one year stayed after finding that he shoplifted wine on seven occasions. He was arrested in 2001 in Atlanta for theft of 12 bottles of wine at an average cost of $12 a bottle. That led to 65 hours of community service.

However, his tastes appear to have become more refined with time — the story of all oenophiles. In March 2011, he was caught shoplifting three bottles of wine, along with olive oil at a Cincinnati grocery store. Rather than shoplifting however he was accused of taking UPC codes for less expensive wine and using them to scan out the bottles at the self-checkout. They must have been pretty pricey because the scan scam reduced the price by $359.10.

Moore reportedly confessed and pled guilty. He was advised by his lawyer to tell the bar everything but was later accused of making false statements and failed to disclose the other thefts.

The opinion below finds violations of DR 1-102(A)(3) (prohibiting a lawyer from engaging in illegal conduct involving moral turpitude) and 1-102(A)(4) (prohibiting a lawyer from engaging in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation) and that his later conduct violated Prof.Cond.R. 8.1(a) (prohibiting knowingly making a false statement of material fact in connection with a disciplinary matter), 8.4(b) (prohibiting a lawyer from committing an illegal act that reflects adversely on the lawyer’s honesty or trustworthiness), and 8.4(c) (prohibiting a lawyer from engaging in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation). The parties also stipulated and the board found that Moore’s conduct violated Gov.Bar R. V(4)(G) (now Gov.Bar R. V(9)(G)) (prohibiting a lawyer from neglecting or refusing to assist in a disciplinary investigation).

Here is the opinion: Moore disciplinary decision

20 thoughts on “Great Body, Lousy Finish: Kentucky Lawyer Suspended After Arrest For Stealing High Priced Wine”

  1. how much trouble
    would he have got,
    and what punishment
    would be sought,
    if they could prove he drank it?

  2. The best way to rob a bank is to own one. Lost of lawyers are just whores for bankers & insurance companies these days. They aren’t even paid that much better than whores, either.

  3. @Felix

    LOL! However, the First Rule of the Gay Mafia is, you do not talk about the Gay Mafia! Sooo, you might want to look over your shoulder, particularly if you are in San Francisco, or on Fire Island. You will get Shanghaied, and end up as a “pony boy” in a gay harem in Ulan Bator before you know it!

    Squeeky Fromm
    Girl Reporter

  4. Squeeky … Oh, that SCOTUS rendition is perfect….especially the semantic derelict in the middle.

  5. Squeek, LOL! Isaac is a man w/o a country. No center. No balance. He has an infinite list of things he’s against, but very little he’s for. And, as you know, I hit JT HARD on many subjects, including, but not limited to,;his cop bashing, Fundamentalist Environmentalism, prudishness, Cubs, just to name a few.

  6. Well, my favorite is Franzia White Zinfandel, which is also the most popular wine in the world! It tastes good, and you don’t get those wine headaches.

    https://www.owliquors.com/image/cache/data/wine/franzia/franzia-white-zinfandel-box-500×500.jpg

    I also wrote a haiku about it several years ago:

    Franzia Wine rocks!
    In its little cardboard box.
    Replenish your stocks!

    I also hear this wine drink is popular among a certain set. And has a song named after it!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kTcjXhGbxU

    Which, Keely Smith is sooo kewl in this! She is like the iciest, coolest chick ever!

    Squeeky Fromm
    Girl Reporter

  7. Dogs drink wine. Around here it is a brand we call Panama Red. It comes in a barrel. One pint to a dog bowl in the evening. Tonight we are going to celebrate HumpinDog’s wedding. IF we hear from him and his bride down in Cuba. We have heard nothing.

  8. Bah. His taste is in his butt. Real value is in Chateau La Tour, a Pauillac Cabernet. Back in my wine aficionado days, before I had to quit it, that was the standard I used to judge all other reds. So California Cabenets have now almost caught up…too closer to call I’m told.

  9. @NickS

    If Isaac isn’t careful, he is going to wind up in a mental institution like Mick Dumdell has! All that obsession isn’t good for a person. 🙂 And these wine snobs! Can you believe them??? Can you believe this Irish Poem???

    Wait A Sec???
    An Irish Poem by Squeeky Fromm

    Do not be a wine snob my friend,
    For you never know how it might end!
    You’ll get more and more
    From the loan shark next door,
    And get pimped out on Hollywood and Vin !

    Squeeky Fromm
    Girl Reporter

  10. A think a suspension is fine. He didn’t shoot a judge or anything really serious.

  11. Why has he only been suspended and not disbarred? I suspect that he’s probably been gifting some of his buddies on the Ohio Supreme Court some of that expensive swill for them to merely suspend him, given his record of repeat violations.

    I once had a client who did the same thing–switching price tags on expensive wine bottles. He wasn’t a lawyer. He was a stockbroker. Go figure.

  12. Suspended? Someone slept through ethics class and should be sentenced to community service teaching ethics to other people sentenced to community service.

  13. “What about” is a phrase oft used here by people w/ a clear agenda and control issues. JT’s blog. JT’s editorial decisions. Find a blog that discusses your pet peeves. There are hundreds of thousands of them out there. Centered people like the eclectic nature of this venue.

  14. JT

    Read a newspaper from time to time. You’re getting very, perhaps, esoteric. What about the Chamber of Commerce and Big Tobacco suing countries who want to curtail smoking due to its health hazard. Put a little meat on the bone, man.

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