Thursday, February 8, 2007

Two Strikes, You Are Out!

The Supreme Court of Louisiana ordered the permanent disbarment of an attorney who had been disbarred in 1985 for a federal conviction of "being a principal to the interstate transportation of a counterfeit security." The attorney was reinstated in 1991 (the disbarment had been imposed retroactively to 1981, when the attorney had been suspended). Finding numerous incidents of post-reinstatement ethics violations, the court concluded that the attorney "lacks the good moral character and fitness to practice law in Louisiana and should be permanently disbarred." The court did not admonish itself for letting him back in after the criminal conviction. (Mike Frisch)

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