Tuesday, May 1, 2007

More On Bar Admission Candor

A case set for oral argument in the D.C. Court of Appeals tomorrow concerns the consequences of a false omission on a bar application. The applicant to the Virginia Bar failed to disclose that he had been arrested for murder and convicted of manslaughter while on leave from military service in Jamaica. He was sentenced to two years of hard labor and permitted to retire from the Marine Corps with the rank of captain, a reduction from his rank as a major.

In the Virginia bar case, he denied his guilt and "offered evidence intended to cast doubt on the integrity of the Jamaican proceedings and system of justice." Virginia rejected the collateral attack and suspended him for three years. The D. C. Board rejected Bar Counsel's argument that non-identical discipline of disbarment should be imposed as well as the attorney's argument that the matter should be dismissed.

Oral argument before the D.C. Court may be heard in real time by accessing the court's web site at www.dccourts.gov. (Mike Frisch)

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