A former Tuolumne County deputy district attorney was formally disciplined Thursday by the California State Bar Association.
Clint E. Parish, now in private practice, was publicly reprimanded for making false statements during a 2012 judicial campaign in Yolo County. His campaign falsely accused his rival, Judge Dan Maguire, of various legal and ethical violations.
Among the actions cited by the bar: False allegations that Maguire was involved in bribery and corporate fraud, and, while working for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, helped soften the sentence of convicted murderer Estaban Nunez, son of Schwarzenegger ally and then-Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez.
All of these statements were false and made with a “reckless disregard for truth,” according to the State Bar.
The disciplinary action will be effective Feb. 26 and posted on his attorney profile on the State Bar of California’s website, according to Laura Ernde, State Bar spokeswoman.
Parish was also ordered to complete training within one year and pass an exam at the State Bar’s Ethics School, according to court documents.
Parish formerly worked as a deputy prosecutor for the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office and left on Nov. 16, 2012.
Shortly after Parish lost the 2012 election, he was hired as a deputy prosecutor for Tuolumne County District Attorney’s Office. He left the office in November 2013 after he failed to pass a one-year employment probation period.
Parish was admitted to the State Bar in 2000 and had no prior record of discipline.