Updated 1:25 p.m.
In a split decision, a hearing committee of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals Board on Professional Responsibility found that longtime local solo practitioner Stephen Yelverton did not commit ethics violations.
Yelverton's client, Michael Snow, claimed to have been assaulted by a woman named Mary Carrick. After a District of Columbia Superior Court judge acquitted the woman accused of the assault in a criminal proceeding, Yelverton moved for a mistrial (the prosecutor wasn't involved). The judge denied the request, citing double jeopardy. In a flood of post-trial filings, Yelverton and Carrick's lawyer traded allegations of ethical violations.
The Office of Bar Counsel charged Yelverton with failing to provide competent representation, failing to serve his client with skill and care, filing frivolous motions and interfering with the administration of justice. In a report (PDF) issued on Friday, the hearing committee found that while Yelverton "had no basis in law" for filing the motions in Carrick's case, there was no harm done to his client or the judicial system.