Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Crack Addiction Not Considered As Mitigation

An attorney who had misappropriated client funds while addicted to crack cocaine was disbarred by the New York Appellate Division for the First Judicial Department. The attorney had not helped his cause by appearing at his deposition in the bar proceeding while under the influence of cocaine. He had not demonstrated that he was drug free in the recent past. The court declined to consider the addiction as a mitigating factor as the attorney was not "so out of touch with reality that he did not now what he was doing." (Mike Frisch)


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