Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Judicial Economy

The D.C. Board on Professional Responsibility has recommended disbarment as reciprocal discipline of a lawyer disbarred in Maryland state and federal courts. The attorney had been convicted of misprison of felony arising from his role as in-house counsel to an immigration services provider located in Virginia. He became aware of forged signatures (his own as well as clients) on documents as well as other information suggesting fraud on the INS. He thereafter "took at least two steps to conceal the crime" and made false statements to the Department of Labor. One interesting procedural aspect reflected in the board's decision is that "by agreement of the parties and in the interests of judicial ecomony, a joint hearing was held" in the state and federal matters, presided over by a Maryland Circuit Court and federal District Court judge. (Mike Frisch)

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