The disbarment of an attorney last week postponed one hearing and left the status of another court proceeding in question.
Renae Ehler, who formerly had offices in Marshall and as of last week continued to represent clients in Saline County, was disbarred Tuesday by the Missouri State Supreme Court. Information on the reason for her disbarment was not immediately available.
Ehler appeared in court Wednesday, representing Chad E. Breshears in a bench trial. Breshears, charged with class A misdemeanor child molestation in the second degree, was found guilty by Associate Court Judge Tut Bellamy. A sentencing hearing was scheduled for March 9.
Bellamy said Monday the status of Breshear's case remains to be determined.
On Thursday, Ehler returned to court to represent a client at a probation violation hearing. By this time, Bellamy had learned of the Supreme Court's decision and postponed the hearing. That defendant was allowed time to find a new attorney.
Bellamy said he could not recall another instance of a disbarred attorney representing clients in his court. However, he noted that because the Supreme Court sends its notifications through the mail there may a period of time in which an attorney is disbarred but not yet aware of it.
"Thank goodness it doesn't happen too often," Bellamy said. "It's rare for an attorney to be disciplined in the first place. It's even rarer for them to be disbarred."
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