A deputy public defender in Denver has had her law license suspended by the Missouri Supreme Court.
Katherine Anne “Katie” Dierdorf has worked for the cenver public defender’s office since February 2016.
On Tuesday her law license was suspended in Missouri in connection to “covering up a police beating of a handcuffed suspect in 2014,” according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
The court’s ruling cited “the severity of Ms. Dierdorf’s misconduct as a result of her dishonesty and instruction of others to conceal information about the incident,” the Post-Dispatch reported.
The July 22, 2014, incident in Missouri involved the beating of a handcuffed suspect by then-St. Louis police Officer Thomas A. Carroll. Dierdorf worked as a prosecutor at the time.
Dierdorf’s lawyer, Michael Downey, in an email to the Post-Dispatch, said the suspension is “inconsistent with the facts, its own precedent, and what is appropriate to protect the public and maintain the integrity of the judicial system in this case.”
Dierdorf cannot apply for reinstatement in Missouri for three years. She could not be reached for comment for this report. The Denver office did not respond to a phone call and an email seeking comment.