When the Supreme Court heard arguments in Rogers' case earlier this month, his defense lawyer said Rogers sought to shock Shade into getting help for a substance abuse problem. But drug testing of Shade came back negative, and testimony before the lawyer disciplinary panel alleged Rogers had been the aggressor by yelling and threatening Shade during their run-ins.
"We find it troubling that Mr. Rogers has refused to acknowledge the wrongful nature of his conduct," the decision said. "(His) arguments are not supported by the record before us. Mr. Rogers has failed to demonstrate any appreciation for the considerable harm he has caused to Mr. Shade."
Monday's ruling also cited how Rogers tried to have Shade's massage therapy license revoked by filing a complaint with that professional board. He dropped it when an investigator sought to interview him, the ruling said.
"Mr. Rogers's misconduct resulted in actual injury to Mr. Shade and to the medical and judicial systems of Wetzel County," the decision said. "We find Mr. Rogers's conduct to be reprehensible."
A self-described recovering alcoholic, Rogers has become known for publicity-seeking episodes. At a 1980 press conference he convened to declare he was running for U.S. Senate, Rogers punched a TV reporter in the face with cameras rolling after being asked about his own stay in a mental health facility.
Rogers must undergo a comprehensive mental health exam before he can petition for the return of his law license, and an independent licensed psychiatrist must determine if he is fit to practice, Monday's ruling said.