Friday, April 20, 2007

Presumption Of Disbarment Overcome

The Florida Supreme Court entered an order yesterday declining to adopt the referee's recommendation for disbarment of an attorney who had been convicted of felony tax evasion and mail fraud. The presumption of disbarment was overcome due to evidence that the attorney's misconduct occurred in the wake of a physically and emotionally abusive relationship with her husband. She also had suffered significant health problems and devoted substantial efforts to providing legal services to indigent clients. The court rejected the finding that the attorney had acted with a selfish and dishonest motive and imposed a three year suspension. (Mike Frisch)

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