New Orleans City Councilman James Gray won't be headed back to his law practice anytime soon, though he doesn't seem to care.
The Louisiana Supreme Court on Monday suspended Gray yet again, this time for a year, after handing him a two-year suspension in March 2015.
The more recent complaint, from the court's disciplinary arm, was based on an allegation that Gray failed to do any work for a man who hired him in 2006 to file a claim against the New Orleans Sewerage & Water Board. The man later learned Gray never submitted the claim. He then tried to reach Gray and received no response.
Gray, 71, also never responded to the allegation itself, according to Monday's Supreme Court decision.
"It is apparent that he acted intentionally as he was served with notice that action was required by him and yet he never took any action," the court found.
The court ruled Monday that Gray violated its Rules of Professional Conduct and failed to cooperate with an investigation. It found his silence "particularly troublesome" considering that he was a public official throughout the investigation by the Office of Disciplinary Counsel.
Gray soon will no longer be a public official, having lost his re-election bid for the District E seat to activist Cyndi Nguyen in November. The seat represents New Orleans East and the Lower 9th Ward. His term ends in May.
Gray's earlier suspension involved allegations he neglected several clients’ cases, ignored their attempts to speak with him and, in some cases, failed to return documents they needed to pursue their cases with another attorney.
Gray was eligible in March to apply for reinstatement to the bar, but according to Monday's ruling he has never sought reinstatement.
Gray could not be reached Monday. A spokeswoman for him did not return a message.