March 6, 2007
Libby Verdict: Disciplinary Consequences
I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby is a member of the District of Columbia Bar. He will be suspended immediately when the D. C. Court of Appeals receives a certified copy of the docket entry reflecting the jury's guilty verdict. The court will then order the Board on Professional Responsibility to determine whether any crime for which Libby was convicted involves moral turpitude per se. Perjury and obstruction of justice are crimes that the court has previously held involve moral turpitude per se. Thus, the board is required to recommend disbarment. The court will not take final action until the appeals process is finished.
If Libby is pardoned, the court may impose sanction based on the underlying facts of the case but not on the conviction. The court so ruled in the case involving Elliott Abrams. (Mike Frisch)
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Very interesting blog post, Mike. I did not know things went along so automatically at the bar but am not surprised, given your prior work there as a bar counsel, that you did. For the record, it is not "my" blog, and I did not write this post. (It does not even mention a tattoo.) But we are all happy to be cited out there.
Posted by: Alan Childress | Mar 6, 2007 1:45:24 PM