WA Legal Roundup - Washington Supreme Court
When you represent a drug dealer...who has his "friends and associates" pay you in cash...large quantities of cash...handed to you in parking lots...and the person handing you the cash tells you "the people [Cornett] works with have given me some money, and I can pass it on to you,". . .RED FLAG!!! RED BANNER!!! RED SKYSCRAPER WITH LITTLE RED FLAGS AND BANNERS HANGING FROM EVERY WINDOW!!! NASA LOOKING DOWN FROM A SPACE SHUTTLE, SEEING RED, AND THINKING "MAYBE THIS ISN'T THE BEST IDEA, MAYBE I HAD BETTER COVER MY BEHIND REALLY WELL AND NOT VIOLATE FEDERAL LAW IN THE PROCESS!!!"
Okay, you get the hint. Anyhow, when you accept cash payments, if over ten grand in any number of related transactions, you have to report it...not put it in your home safe and fail to account for it in your legal books. These kinds of things get noticed. Failure to do so is a FEDERAL CRIME! Its intended to prevent...oh...money laundering.
Justice Sanders, not a fan of any discipline (and a frequenter of the Board of Judicial Conduct's hot seat) would simply characterize this as failing to fill out an IRS form, which would only warrant suspension.
The holding, I will give in haiku:
Attorney takes cash
Hides it in safe, outside trust