According to reports, Baton Rouge based civil rights and criminal defense attorney Ron Haley Jr. has been suspended from practicing law for six months. Haley has worked on multiple high-profile cases across Louisiana, including representing the family of Trayford Pellerin as well as the family of Ronald Greene.

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Reports say that the Louisiana Supreme Court handed down the punishment for Ron Haley Jr. for violating the Rules of Professional Conduct for lawyers. The court initially ruled that Haley be suspended for one year and one day, but half of that suspension has been has been deferred.

Why has Ron Haley Jr. been suspended?

The report goes on to say that the Office of Disciplinary Counsel investigated several allegations against Haley. Those allegations include failing to communicate with a client, neglecting a legal matter, inappropriately attempting to settle a malpractice claim with a client, and failing to return a client's file upon request per the report.

During his suspension, Haley must complete the Louisiana State Bar Association's Ethics School if he wishes to return to practice after the six months has passed. The high court warned that if Haley should fail to complete Ethics School or any other misconduct could lead to additional punishment per the report.

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Haley is represented by Lewis Unglesby, who was quoted in the report and explained that the mistakes his client has made were during his early days as a practicing lawyer. Unglesby went on to say that he believes Haley will do a great job for his clients following the suspension per the report.

Who has Ron Haley Jr. represented?

Ron Haley Jr. was the family attorney for Trayford Pellerin, a Lafayette man that was shot and killed by Lafayette Police. The incident drew much attention from national media, as Haley expressed his disappointment on behalf of the Pellerin family when it was ruled that the officers involved would not be indicted.

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Haley represented the family of Ronald Greene, who died while in police custody. Greene's death drew national attention and Haley was there to express that the victim's family was not satisfied with a 50-hour suspension that was handed down to an officer involved.

Haley has also represented a 13-year-old boy who was detained by the Baton Rouge Police Department. Video of that incident went viral, which prompted many to demand answers from the department.

Haley is currently representing Baton Rouge rapper 'Lit Yoshi' who stands trial in July on seven counts of attempted first-degree murder per the report. The shooting injured three adults and two children, with authorities tying the incidents 'Lit Yoshi' was involved in to another Baton Rouge rapper 'YoungBoy Never Broke Again' and his group. NBA YoungBoy is currently dealing with legal troubles of his own.

See the initial report from @NOLAnews on Twitter here.

More on the suspension via @KTBS via Twitter below.

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