Cyrus Leon Batchan, the Sherman Oaks attorney who was suspended from the practice of law after he pleaded guilty to distributing narcotics in San Diego, was knowingly a part of a conspiracy to distribute both oxycodone and hydrocodone. The attorney was caught in his scheme when he allegedly shipped a package of 5,000 and 10,000 hydrocodone pills from San Diego. Batchan pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute a Schedule III substance. He was sentenced by a U.S. District Court Judge, to two years' probation. He’ll serve no jail time. Batchan was suspended from law practice for two years and will be placed on a three-year probation.
Batchan provided seven “good character” letters to the judge. Think that through: Would you give a letter of good character on behalf of a scheming narcotics conspirator-distributor? It’s possible that the letters were part of his scheme to keep him out of jail if something went wrong and he was caught. Distribution of illegal drugs should be treated as though it were a violent crime: If all the dope distributors were in jail, there would be a lot fewer narcotics on the street, and fewer people would be hurt and often killed by them.
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