The Georgia Supreme Court announced Monday it had disbarred the former top narcotics prosecutor for Fulton County because of his own drug convictions.
The high court noted the disbarment of Rand Csehy, who was then in private practice for several years, came after he had received a first-offender plea bargain in his drug case and then was jailed again in September after a Cobb Superior Court judge suspected he was on illegal drugs while representing a client in court.
“The Superior Court of Cobb County, noting during an appearance that Csehy was disheveled and unable to stand without support, ordered a drug test, which showed the presence of illegal drugs in his system,” the opinion said.
The Cobb episode occurred when Csehy was seeking a lesser punishment than disbarment from the high court. In October, Csehy told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution he wasn’t on illegal drugs in court and he would fight the case.
Csehy (pronounced Shay-he) was arrested on drug distribution charges as well as an illegal weapon charge after getting caught in an Atlanta police sting in 2012 in which he was meeting a woman from a Craigslist ad to trade drugs for sex, authorities said.
The then 40-year-old was handcuffed just a block away from the Fulton County Courthouse.
Csehy’s rise and descent in the legal profession was chronicled in an AJC story that detailed views of him as being a hard-nosed narcotics prosecutor with a reputation for working hand-in-hand with cops to make cases. The story also detailed accounts of trouble with clients and in his personal life that were seen as responsible for his downfall.
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