Court Disbars Former Head of Bar Association

A former president of the Louisville [KY] Bar Association was permanently disbarred yesterday by the Kentucky Supreme Court for taking nearly $93,000 owed to clients.

Jack W. Steiner Jr., who led the bar in 1998, asked the court for a more lenient punishment, citing a series of personal traumas, including the death of his son from a drug overdose and a traffic accident that nearly claimed his life.

But the Supreme Court, ruling unanimously, affirmed a Kentucky Bar Association recommendation that Steiner be barred permanently from practice.

"Six years of pilfering, in over 100 instances, even without a prior disciplinary record, is not something that reassures us of a more honest approach in the future," the court said.

Before becoming a lawyer (which he was for 20 years), Steiner was a cop for 10 years. How far they fall . . . . Details here from The Courier-Journal.