Sweetwater Attorney Disbarred 3 Years After Lying to a Grand Jury

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Yantis Green
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A Sweetwater attorney who was an unindicted co-conspirator with John Young and Ray Zapata in the forgery, theft and money laundering trial over the forged will of John Sullivan in 2017 has been disbarred by the State Bar of Texas.
According to court documents, Christianson O. (Chris) Hartman appeared before a District 16 grievance committee on Feb. 3, 2020.
In a list of findings of fact, the evidentiary panel included the following findings of fact concerning Hartman as the respondent:
Respondent knowingly made a false statement of material fact or law to a tribunal.
Respondent committed a serious crime or criminal act.
Respondent engaged in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation.
Respondent knowingly failed to disclose a fact to a tribunal when disclosure was necessary to avoid assisting a criminal or fraudulent act.
As reported during John Young’s trial in Oct. 2017, Hartman admitted on the stand that he lied to a grand jury. “I did.” Sweetwater attorney Chris Hartman testified in the John Young theft, forgery and money laundering trial that he misled the first Grand Jury and deceived Texas Ranger Nick Hanna in his recorded interview by not telling them about a $65,312.50 check he wrote to Ray Zapata. “I knew I perjured myself before the first grand jury.”
Hartman was given immunity from prosecution in exchange for his testimony in that trial.

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