Decisions of the Appeals & Charges Committee

November 2016

In the matter of Fulvio Fantoni (#9682414) and Claudio Nunes (#9682473), the Appeals and Charges Committee upheld the Ethical Oversight Committee’s finding of violation of CDR sections 3.1 and 3.20. The committee affirmed the decision to expel Fantoni and Nunes from the ACBL and to forfeit 100% of their masterpoints, titles and status ranks as well as their membership privileges of any kind. However, the committee amended the ruling of the EOC and ordered that the partners and teammates of Fantoni and Nunes were subjected to the forfeiture of all masterpoints, titles and status ranks earned only during the 2015 Spingold Knockout Teams Championships.

In the matter of Lotan Fisher (#1906658) and Ron Schwartz (#1906623), the Appeals and Charges Committee upheld the Ethical Oversight Committee’s finding of violation of CDR sections 3.1, 3.2 and 3.20. The committee affirmed the decision to expel Fisher and Schwartz from the ACBL and to forfeit 100% of their masterpoints, titles and status ranks as well as their membership privileges of any kind. However, the committee amended the ruling of the EOC and ordered that the partners and teammates of Fisher and Schwartz were subjected to the forfeiture of all masterpoints, titles and status ranks earned only during the 2015 Spingold Knockout Teams Championships.

In the matter of Art Brodsky, the Appeals and Charges Committee upheld the ACBL Disciplinary Committee’s finding of violation of CDR sections 3.23, 3.24 and 3.25. The committee modified the decision of the lower level disciplinary committee in the following manner: (a) the term of his suspension was shortened to end on December 31, 2017 instead of July 23, 2018 and (b) the term of his probation was lengthened to terminate on December 31, 2028 instead of July 23, 2023.

Decision of the Ethical Oversight Committee

November 2016

In the matter of Hinze et al., the Ethical Oversight Committee ruled on the charges alleging violation of the CDR against each of Cameron Doner (#0209009), Marilyn Eber (#M537599), Kay Enfield (#L223698), David Grainger (#M8522400), Dana Hastings (#M915550), Greg Hinze (#M549228), Jan Janitschke (#P116071), Mark Lair (#N830400), Dan Morse (#573122) and Marty Seligman (#J670859). Janitschke was dismissed from the matter in the interest of justice and Grainger reached a negotiated settlement of the charges and is serving a six month period of probation, ending February 28, 2017. Prior to the hearing, the committee found that no charge could be proved against Hastings and dismissed her from the case, which decision is being appealed to the Appeals and Charges Committee. Following the hearing, the committee found that no charge had been proved against Eber, Enfield, Hinze and Seligman. However, the EOC found that Doner had violated CDR 3.7, a conduct violation, and he is placed on probation for the six month period beginning December 7, 2016 and ending June 6, 2017. The EOC found that Morse and Lair had violated CDR 3.2 and 3.7, conduct violations, and they are suspended for the 30-day period beginning January 1, 2017 and ending January 30th followed by a one year period of probation beginning January 31, 2017 and ending January 30, 2018.