Oh, the Irony
A Tennessee lawyer got booted out a courtroom for allegedly being drunk. The kicker -- he was there to represent a client in a DUI case. Talk about irony.
According to court documents, Kent Thomas Jones showed up late, reeked of alcohol and was acting erratically. He was charged with public intoxication but the charges were later dismissed.
Jones agreed to issue his client a full refund of the $2000 flat fee that was charged. This incident occurred in September 2017 and almost three years after the fact he has only paid $1650 of the $2000 back which means he violated professional conduct with regards to safekeeping funds, criminal conduct, fees, and prejudice to the administration of justice, per the docs.
As a result the Board of Professional Responsibility of the Tennessee Supreme Court has issued a public censure, or warning, to Kent to pay up the remaining $350 within 60 days.
Moral of the story -- don't show up drunk to court.