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Late-fee ruling put in writing

The state cannot suspend an attorney’s authority to practice law — in essence, the ability to earn a living — without giving the attorney an opportunity to challenge the sanction, Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen wrote in an 18-page ruling released Friday to codify his decision this week nullifying a court rule that automatically suspends lawyers who pay their annual dues late.

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