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Posted on Tue, Sep 1, 2009 : 9:58 p.m.

Suspended Ypsilanti attorney finds writing letter for a friend a costly favor

By Suzy Sherman

Ypsilanti attorney David H. Raaflaub, whose law license is currently suspended, will pay $1,150 in fees for writing a letter on behalf of a friend involved in a civil lawsuit.

In a notice issued Monday, the state Attorney Discipline Board found Raaflaub "intentionally held himself out as an attorney at at time when he knew his license had been suspended," and assessed him the administrative costs.

This isn't Raaflaub's first go-around with the discipline board. Documents on the board Web site show that between 1996 and 2009, Raaflaub was reprimanded twice and suspended three times.

Raaflaub could not be reached for comment.

The Ann Arbor-based Web site The Political Graveyard, which contains an index of politicians, shows Raaflaub as a man with political interests. Between 1984 and 1992, the Web site reports Raaflaub threw his hat in the ring as a Libertarian candidate in several local and state races, including Michigan Supreme Court justice, U.S. Representative from Michigan and mayor of Ann Arbor.