Former Navy Lawyer Seeks to be Reinstated

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) A former Navy lawyer who was convicted during a court martial in 2007 for mailing secret information about Guantanamo Bay detainees is seeking to get his law license reinstated in Kansas.

Attorneys for Matthew Diaz will argue on Thursday before the Kansas Supreme Court to accept a recommendation from the Office of Judicial Administration to suspend his law license for three years effective 2008. Because of the timeline, Diaz would be reinstated with the Kansas bar.

The disciplinary hearing panel said Diaz warranted “significant discipline” for his actions, which included the act of printing and sending classified information and sending it to an unauthorized person.

Wichita attorney Jack Focht argues that Diaz by virtue of his court martial, discharge from the Navy and prison term had been punished enough.