Well-known San Diego environmental attorney Cory Briggs was in court Friday wrapping up a long-fought legal battle against the city’s plan to finance a convention center expansion when he ended up with an earful from the judge.
“Mr. Briggs may be in a whole heap of trouble,” said Superior Court Judge Gregory Pollack, “with, not only the State Bar, but potential criminal prosecution.”
In July 2012, Briggs entered into a lawsuit over the convention center financing on behalf of a nonprofit corporation called San Diegans for Open Government. But the group was suspended by the state at the time, and the Briggs law firm knew that. According to state law, anyone who attempts to exercise the “powers, rights, and privileges” of a suspended corporation is punishable by a fine and/or imprisonment.
“So this is very serious,” the judge said.
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