Superior Court Associate Judge David A. Wiseman has found attorney Stephen C. Woodruff’s affidavit inadequate to satisfy the court’s disbarment order against him.
In separate orders, Wiseman also ordered Woodruff to pay $14,389 in prosecution costs to the Superior Court and $660 to disciplinary counsel Thomas Clifford.
Woodruff submitted Tuesday in federal court copies of Wiseman’s orders to comply with U.S. District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona’s order that requires him to file reports relating to the progress of his disciplinary matter.
On Oct. 2, 2013, Wiseman found Woodruff in civil contempt for not complying with the court’s disbarment order and sentenced him to five days in jail. The jail sentence will, however, be suspended if Woodruff complies with the requirements of the disbarment order by Oct. 8, 2013.
In an order Friday, Wiseman said that Woodruff submitted an affidavit for Rule 15 of the Commonwealth Disciplinary Rules and Procedure, the majority of which presents his legal arguments regarding the court’s jurisdiction and other issues.
“The court, after review of respondent’s said affidavit, does not deem it adequate to satisfy the mandates of Rule 15 and the disbarment order,” the judge said.
Accordingly, Wiseman ordered Woodruff to appear in court on Nov. 19, 2013, at 9:30am to explain and clarify how his affidavit satisfies the court’s mandates.