LINCOLN — The Nebraska Supreme Court has taken disciplinary action against another attorney who represented killer Anthony Garcia.
The high court on Friday ordered an indefinite suspension from the practice of law for Jeremy Jorgenson. Jorgenson, 43, is an Omaha lawyer who worked with several Chicago attorneys who defended Garcia, who was convicted of killing four Omahans.
The court set a minimum duration of two years for the suspension, with no end date.
The court’s order said Jorgenson failed to provide competent and diligent representation to a client when he failed to appear at oral arguments before the Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in 2016. The case did not involve Garcia.
Jorgenson then blew a deadline to explain why he had failed to show. That led the 8th Circuit to bar him from practicing in front of the federal appellate court and to recommend that he face disciplinary action in Nebraska.
In addition, the Nebraska court said Jorgenson failed to adequately supervise his support staff and failed to provide a timely response to demands for information by the court’s Counsel for Discipline.
Jorgenson may apply for reinstatement of his law license after two years as long as he answers for the current charges and demonstrates his fitness to resume practice, the Supreme Court stated.
An employee at the Omaha firm where Jorgenson was formerly a partner said Friday that he has not worked there since December 2016. Attempts to reach Jorgenson by phone were not successful.
Jorgenson previously had been placed on probation, and assigned a mentor, after the Supreme Court ruled he had entered into a contingency agreement on a case that already had been barred by the statute of limitations.
Last month, the high court issued a public reprimand for Alison Motta, one of Garcia’s Chicago lawyers, for inflammatory comments she made on the eve of Garcia’s scheduled trial. She told reporters that DNA tests had exonerated Garcia of the March 2008 killings of Shirlee Sherman and Thomas Hunter.
Motta’s declaration caused a judge to delay Garcia’s trial — for the third time. Following Motta’s declaration, two local attorneys withdrew from the Garcia case, stripping Motta and her Chicago defense team of their guest pass to practice law in Nebraska.
A jury convicted Garcia in October 2016. Garcia is awaiting a March hearing to determine whether he gets the death penalty for killing Sherman, 57, Hunter, 11, and Dr. Roger Brumback and Mary Brumback, both 65. Garcia did so as revenge for his 2001 firing from the Creighton University Medical Center pathology department.