September 8, 2008
A Second Bite?
The Maryland Court of Appeals disbarred an attorney for misconduct that had included false statements to a tribunal. The court acknowledged that the attorney's false statements were a result of his desire to aid his client rather than for personal gain, but nonetheless concluded that the ultimate sanction was appropriate. A finding that the attorney's dual role of counsel and real estate broker did not constitute a prohibited conflict of interest was upheld by the court.
The opinion notes that the attorney also is admitted in the District of Columbia. I'll wager that, if the attorney fights reciprocal discipline, it will take D.C. years to resolve the case (based on the well-established principle that D.C. considers Maryland's case law on dishonest lawyers as too harsh) and that a sanction less than disbarment will be the result. (Mike Frisch)
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