November 29, 2012By Kathy Ryan
David Griem was fined $8,000 in attorney and court fees after admitting responsibility on a civil contempt charge related to his defense of his former client, Bob Bashara.
The fines were levied by Judge Kenneth J. King of Detroit's 36th District at a Monday, Nov. 26, hearing. King, while citing Griem's "impeccable" record, also stressed the seriousness of the charges.
"I have two instances where Mr. Griem disregarded orders of this court," King said. "His conduct was atypical for Mr. Griem, but was very egregious."
Griem was charged with supplying confidential information to Bashara's family and issuing unauthorized subpoenas seeking information on Joseph Gentz, the handyman charged with the January murder of Jane Bashara.
King ordered Griem to pay court costs totaling $4,000 as well as $2,000 to Susan Reed, Gentz's attorney, and $2,000 to the Wayne County Prosecutor's office for time spent on the case by lead prosecutors Lisa Lindsey and Robert Moran.
Griem was given 90 days to pay.
Following the hearing, Griem, normally never at a loss for words, declined to comment, based on the advice of his attorneys, Ken Mogill and Jeffrey Edison.
Griem became Bashara's attorney shortly after the body of Jane Bashara was found in the backseat of her SUV parked in an alley in Detroit. Bob Bashara, described almost immediately as a person of interest in the death of his wife, has never been charged in her murder.
Instead, in June he was arrested and charged with soliciting a hit man to kill Gentz. Shortly after his arrest, Griem resigned as his attorney, citing irreconcilable differences with his client.
In October, Bashara pleaded guilty to the solicitation charge and will be sentenced Monday, Dec. 10. Solicitation to murder a witness carries a sentence of up to life in prison. Gentz, charged with first degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder, goes to trial Monday, Jan. 7, in Wayne County Circuit Court. In convicted of either charge, he faces a mandatory prison sentence of life in prison without parole.