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Roseville immigration attorney suspended for verbally assaulting Middle Easterners

By Olivia Olsen | May 16, 2017

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LOS ANGELES — The State Bar Court of California recently suspended Frank Russell Wilson, a Roseville attorney, from the practice of law after the attorney was convicted of several misdemeanors for an altercation in a store parking lot while he was on probation for driving under the influence.

According to the court's March 31 order, the criminal charges were the result of an incident on May 22, 2014 in which Wilson had been binge drinking at several locations in Marion County. After leaving his final location, the Cheesecake Factory, he ran into three Middle Eastern persons, a real estate agent and his two clients, who were walking to their car. The three were speaking in Farsi when Wilson, an immigration attorney, approached them. 

Wilson allegedly accosted the trio, asking them if they were in the county legally, repeatedly asserting that they were in the United States and should speak English. Fearing a potential escalation, the real estate agent called the police.

Wilson continued to yell at the trio while the responding officers attempted to question him. 

“I’m an immigration attorney, and I am sick and tired of bailing these foreigners out of jail,” Wilson allegedly told police. 

The attorney will be suspended for 90 days and was given three years of probation. He will need to attend the state bar's ethics school and pass the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam. Wilson will need to abstain from alcohol, narcotics and other controlled substances.

Wilson, a graduate of the California Western School of Law, was admitted to the California State Bar in 1996. He was suspended in 2009 for failing to disclose that he was an attorney while serving on a jury. 

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