Replacement Attorney Appointed in Wake of Suspension of Adams County Prosecutor


Adams County is beginning 2015 with a new, permanent prosecuting attorney, after spending much of 2014 in legal limbo when its former prosecutor lost his license to practice law.

Michael Robinson was sworn into office as Adams County's new prosecutor in January 2013. But later that same year, he was accused by the Idaho State Bar for what it said were six instances of professional misconduct while working with clients in his private practice.

And following a two-day hearing in March of this year, Robinson admitted guilt on four out of six counts lodged against him and admitted guilt to portions of the remaining counts. The charges, which involved his private law practice in six 2013 court cases in Valley County, included revealing confidential information about clients without their consent, and conducted himself in a manner "prejudicial to the administration of justice." Ultimately, the Idaho Supreme Court suspended Robinson's license.

But it wasn't until earlier this month that Adams County Commissioners formally declared Robinson's post as vacant. The McCall Star-News reports that Matthew Faulks as been appointed permanent Adams County prosecutor. 

Meanwhile, Robison has asked a federal judge to overturn his suspension, according to the Star-News, but no ruling has been made by U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge who has been assigned the case.