By News-Register staff • 

Disbarment hearing concludes

At issue were two key questions: Whether Sanai received due process in proceedings leading to his disbarment in neighboring Washington, and if so, whether the law supports his disbarment in Oregon as well, based on the Washington findings.

The hearing continued for three days before an Oregon State Bar trial panel. The panel is under mandate to issue a written opinion within 28 days.

Sanai, who worked for Yamhill County for 14 years, was disbarred in Washington in 2013, after the Washington State Bar found he had engaged in “blatant misconduct” during his mother’s divorce proceedings, which he and his lawyer brother extended for more than a decade with repeated motions and appeals. Much of the litigation targeted their father, but some filings also were directed at judges and other officials.

Sanai resigned from his county post after the News-Register ran a series of stories on his conduct in Washington and the disciplinary proceedings it triggered. He was replaced by his deputy, Christian Boenisch.

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