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The article on the State Bar’s latest proposals to extract more money from “bad” lawyers ["Bad News for Bad Lawyers," Aug. 19] shows how far the “discipline” system has fallen to become the “regulation” system. Especially disturbing is the proposal to increase the already onerous $900 fee for filing for reinstatement to $2,000. Having failed to get the California Supreme Court to buy into the concept of permanent disbarment, it seems the State Bar is using the cost rationale to make it effectively permanent, shutting the door on the concept of rehabilitation. Those of us who defend “bad” lawyers know that attorneys in trouble often resign from the Bar for conduct that falls far short of justifying disbarment. Reinstatement is difficult enough; the State Bar should not seek to make it impossible. The truth is that the State Bar crossed the line from discipline to punishment some time ago under the guise of cost recovery. David Cameron Carr San Diego

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