The respondent failed to file a timely answer, and the special master denied the respondent's motion for an extension of time for his answer and a continuance of the hearing, made pursuant to Rule 4-212 (a), on the ground that no affidavit of an attending physician supporting the respondent's claim of illness was provided with the motion and a tendered, untimely answer.
The State Disciplinary Board adopted the special master's findings that the respondent had admitted the charges by having failed to file a timely answer, as provided in Rule 4-212 (a), and that he had not presented any mitigating evidence. The board recommended that the respondent be suspended from the practice of law for a period of 24 months.
The recommendation of the board is approved and adopted. It is ordered that the suspension of Clifford J. Bond III, from membership in the State Bar of Georgia and the suspension of his license to practice law in the State of Georgia for 24 months commencing March 1, 1985, be approved for violations of Standards 21 and 44 of the Rules of the State Bar of Georgia.