I may have to modify my frequent statement that Mat Staver and Larry Klayman are the worst lawyers in America. This guy may be worse. Dennis Hawver has been disbarred by the Kansas Supreme Court for “inexplicable incompetence.” Hayver showed up at his disbarment hearing dressed as Thomas Jefferson, as he’s done many other times in court.
The Kansas Supreme Court voted unanimously to disbar Dennis Hawver, an Ozawkie attorney who has previously run for governor as a Republican and for attorney general and Congress as a Libertarian.
In a decision handed down Friday, the court ruled that Hawver showed “inexplicable incompetence” as a defense attorney for Phillip Cheatham during a 2005 murder trial in Shawnee County. The court previously reversed Cheatham’s conviction and ordered a new trial in 2013, ruling that Hawver had failed to properly represent his client.The 2013 ruling states that Hawver told prospective jurors that his client was “a cocaine dealer and that Cheatham had killed another cocaine dealer with a gun.” He also failed to present evidence that might have proven that Cheatham was not in Topeka at the time of murder for which he was charged.
The court’s disbarment ruling notes that Hawver also told jurors that they should execute the killer in his closing argument. Cheatham was sentenced to death before his conviction was overturned.
The disbarment ruling states that the totality of evidence leads to a “virtually inescapable conclusion” that Hawver failed to meet the state’s professional conduct code while representing Cheatham.
He’s now suing the state supreme court in federal court. I’m sure it will go far.