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Associated Press, Published September 21 2010

ND lawyer disbarred for trying to buy cocaine

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota's Supreme Court has disbarred an attorney for asking a client to buy cocaine for him.

In a decision Monday, the court ordered James Wolff to pay about $8,000 in disciplinary costs. Wolff has been suspended from practicing law since June 2009. He had offices in Mohall and Minot.

Wolff's disbarment takes effect Oct. 1.

Wolff pleaded guilty last January to a misdemeanor charge of attempting to possess cocaine. The Supreme Court's ruling says Wolff gave $200 to a client and asked her to buy the cocaine "so they could party."

Records show he was disciplined earlier for a felony bad check conviction. An investigation into complaints against Wolff concluded he billed some clients for work he never did.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.