Wednesday, September 3, 2008
The California Bar Journal reports that a lawyer who had resigned with no charges pending was summarily disbarred when he pled guilty to a crime shortly thereafter:
In May 2002, Galaz resigned from the State Bar with no charges pending. The resignation was accepted by the Supreme Court. However, within weeks, he pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud in federal court in Washington, D.C. As a result of the conviction, the bar placed Galaz on interim suspension and the Supreme Court vacated its order accepting his resignation.
Because the crime was a felony that involved moral turpitude, it meets the requirements for summary disbarment.