Thursday, September 13, 2007
An attorney who was disbarred in Kansas as a result of misconduct in three matters sought to avoid reciprocal discipline in New York by presenting evidence of medical problems and contending that the violations were a result of disorganization, not dishonesty. The Second Department rejected the contentions: "New York courts cannot act as appellate courts for decisions made in sister state jurisdictions."
Having expended more effort than I care to remember fighting institutional attempts in D.C. to second-guess such court orders(see links here here and here), I find this approach refreshing. (Mike Frisch)