The Colorado lawyer who defended Edgar Steele in his murder-for-hire case has been disbarred.
Robert T. McAllister agreed this week to give up his law license after he acknowledged misusing client funds on two occasions unrelated to Steele's case, according to a document signed in Colorado Supreme Court.
According to the document, which is available here, McAllister misused a $5,255.43 check while representing a company in a lawsuit. He also used $100,000 from another client, transferring $80,000 into his own account and $20,000 into an accounted owned by Steamboat Skyglass Lodge, LLC, an entity he controls.
McAllister was chief criminal deputy for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in District of Colorado and the Northern District of Illinois from 1976 to 1983.
Steele was represented by a public defender until supporters raised a reported $120,000 and McAllister took over. McAllister handled most of the questioning during Steele's trial in Boise last month, which ended with jurors convicting Steele on all charges
McAllister and co-counsel Gary Amendola have said they intend to ask for a new trial ; it's unclear how that will proceed now that McAllister is disbarred.
Amendola did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.
Lawyer Wesley Hoyt, who is working with Steele's wife, Cyndi Steele, said he had no information.
“This is the first I've heard of it,” Hoyt said today. “I intend to look into the matter, and that's about all I can say.”
McAllister is described by the publication Law Week as one of Denver's most well-known defense lawyers. He could not be reached for comment.