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NEW ORLEANS (AP) A committee of the Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board has recommended that New Orleans City Councilman James Gray be disbarred or have his law license suspended for at least three years for mishandling four of his private law cases, violating a dozen ethical rules in the process.

The New Orleans Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/NWyi4Z ) the final decision on punishment, if any, is up to the state Supreme Court.

The committee, which held three hearings about the complaints, found Gray didn't provide 'competent representation' and failed to communicate with clients or return their files. He also did not cooperate with the state Office of Disciplinary Counsel that investigated him.

Messages to Gray's office were not returned Wednesday. His attorney could not be reached.

None of the cases involved Gray's work on the council.

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