Frederick Co. civil-rights lawyer suspended for financial misconduct

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — A Frederick civil-rights lawyer has been suspended indefinitely from practicing law in Maryland due to financial misconduct. 

The Maryland Attorney Grievance Commission announced the disciplinary action Monday against Willie Mahone.

The commission found that Mahone failed to maintain accurate attorney trust account records, commingled personal and client funds, and created negative balances in multiple client accounts.

The commission says Mahone took exception to the findings.

Mahone is best known for having filed a lawsuit against the Frederick Police Department that resulted in a court-ordered affirmative action plan in 1993 to increase hiring of black officers.

He also has been an outspoken proponent of removing from the Frederick City Hall courtyard a statue of Roger Brooke Taney, the Supreme Court chief justice who wrote the 1857 Dred Scott decision affirming slavery.

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Anna Gawel joined WTOP in 2020 and works in both the radio and digital departments. Anna Gawel has spent much of her career as the managing editor of The Washington Diplomat, which has been the flagship publication of D.C.’s diplomatic community for over 25 years.

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