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Miccosukee Tribe fires attorney after being hit with huge fine






The flag of the Miccosukee Tribe. Image from Manataka American Indian Council

The Miccosukee Tribe of Florida fired an attorney who is facing an ethics probe after being hit with nearly $1 million in fines.

Bernardo Roman III was escorted out of his office and told to leave the reservation, The Daily Business Review reported. He told a judge about his firing later that day.

"We have been notified this morning … that we no longer represent the Miccosukee Tribe and that I am no longer their tribal attorney," Roman said in court, the Review reported.

In January, a federal judge hit Roman with $975,750 in sanctions for his handling of a lawsuit in which the tribe accused its former attorneys of fraud and racketeering. The case was dismissed as baseless.

Roman now faces an ethics investigation and could be reprimanded, suspended or disbarred, the Review reported.

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Another One Bites the Dust: Bernardo Roman Out as Miccosukee Tribe's Chief Counsel (The Daily Business Review 5/8)

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