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State: Navajo high court reduces sanctions for attorney

FLAGSTAFF - The Navajo Nation's high court has lifted the disbarment of the tribe's former chief legislative counsel but suspended his license to practice law on the reservation.

The tribal Supreme Court said Wednesday that Frank Seanez cannot be in a position to issue legal opinions.

The court disbarred Seanez last month, but he petitioned for reconsideration.

Seanez says he was acting within his statutory duties in advising clients. The court says he defied its orders.

Seanez's law license will be suspended for more than four years. The court says he can be reinstated to the Navajo Nation Bar Association after developing an approved course on the ethical standards and responsibilities of tribal government lawyers and teaching it for three years.

Seanez says he's thankful for the reduced sanction.

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