By Karen Wilkinson

Triplicate staff writer

Crescent City attorney Jon Alexander, who earlier this year ran for district attorney, has been ordered ineligible to practice law by The State Bar of California, beginning Dec. 15.

State Bar spokeswoman Kathleen Beitiks confirmed Alexander's upcoming status, adding it will last 30 days, after which he can petition the court to be restored to active status.

Alexander, who was admitted to the State Bar in 1987, said this action stems from two four-year-old cases, in which he failed to appear in court because he was in drug rehabilitation.

andquot;The State Bar, because of my record of recovery and community anti-drug activism, allowed me to choose when I could go inactive,andquot; Alexander said. andquot;And this is the time.andquot;

He plans to write a two-page reinstatement request to The State Bar of California before the 30-day-ineligibility period ends, Alexander said.

andquot;This represents the final page in a sad part of my life,andquot; he said. andquot;It's good to be alive and have a purpose again.andquot;

Alexander has been ordered inactive three times in the past, was suspended in 2003 and put on probation in 2004.

In December 2003, Alexander was suspended six months for practicing law while not entitled, failing to return unearned fees, failing to cooperate with the bar's investigation, failing to maintain a current address with the bar and committing an act of moral turpitude, the bar court concluded.

Alexander lost to incumbent Mike Riese in June race for district attorney.