October 2, 2013

Maine attorney who made bomb threats allowed to keep law practice

By MATT HONGOLTZ-HETLING Morning Sentinel

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While he was being treated by various medical providers, no single physician oversaw all of his care, nor was he seeing a mental health professional in the period during in his mental state deteriorated.

Two weeks after phoning in the bomb threats, “Hoffman sought medical attention for his growing fatigue, agitation, anxiety, and to confront his bizarre behaviors,” according to the order signed by Alexander.

The court sentenced Hoffman to two consecutive 364-day sentences, both of which were suspended.

In addition, the court ordered Hoffman to avoid the schools, take all prescribed medications, submit to psychiatric counseling sessions and follow the advice of doctors and counselors.

He is undergoing counseling and is on a regimen of medication that has stabilized his health and mental condition, according to the board’s decision.

Hoffman’s colleagues testified, both in court and before the bar, that Hoffman has represented his clients with skill, integrity and dedication.

Hoffman is the father of two adopted boys, and he and his wife are adopting a third child. The state Department of Health and Human Services approved the placement and prospective adoption after investigating the bomb threat incident, according to the decision from the board.

Matt Hongoltz-Hetling can be contacted at 861-9287 or at:

mhhetling@centralmaine.com

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