Lawyer struck off for drug use
A former Auckland lawyer has been struck off for using drugs while working as a police prosecutor.
Brent Thomson admitted using methamphetamine at sex parties, blogging about it, and posting videos on the internet of him injecting himself with the drug.
He was discovered after anonymous letters were sent to the police minister, the commissioner of police and the Independent Police Conduct Authority.
Thomson admitted using the drug once a week since January 2013.
He pleaded guilty to possessing and using methamphetamine and using cannabis in 2013 after police raided his home. Thomson was convicted and fined $450.
The New Zealand Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal today ordered that Thomson be struck from the roll of barristers and solicitors.
While Thomson had co-operated with all investigations and admitted guilt at the earliest possible opportunity, no penalty short of striking off would properly reflect the seriousness or protect the public, the tribunal ruled.
"Lawyers must appreciate that they are required to maintain high standards of behaviour in their personal lives as well as professionally," New Zealand Law Society President Chris Moore said.
"Anyone who fails in this lets down the whole legal profession."
The tribunal was particularly concerned that the drug use had occurred while Thomson was a police prosecutor and that he posted the videos online.