Yakima lawyer convicted of theft disbarred



YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — The state Supreme Court has disbarred a Yakima lawyer who was convicted of theft.

Kimberly Grijalva got into trouble for letting two Yakima County jail inmates use her privileged attorney-client phone line to make more than 900 free and unmonitored phone calls. She was sentenced to 60 days of community service and restitution of nearly $2,300, and the Yakima Herald-Republic reports that her disbarment was announced by Chief Barbara Madsen on Thursday.

A violent-crimes task force raided her home in October 2010 while Grijalva was sipping coffee in her bathrobe. Authorities justified the heavy-handed raid by saying she might have been responsible for a major breach of security by letting inmates make free calls on a line that bypassed the jail’s recording system.

Grijalva was once engaged to Luiz Gonzalez, a reputed gang member who was shot to death in 2010.


Information from: Yakima Herald-Republic, http://www.yakimaherald.com