April 14, 2009
Disbarment For Bank Robbery
The Louisiana Supreme Court permanently disbarred as a result of his conviction for armed bank robbery and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence. He had "entered the bank and requested to open a new account and rent a safety deposit box. After [he] waited a few moments for assistance, a bank employee took him into the vault to see the safety deposit boxes. Once in the vault, [he] revealed a handgun in a holster under his suit jacket and ordered the employee to open the bank's safe." He got away with $37,600.
The court notes newspaper report that he had confessed to "a string of bank robberies" and is serving a 121 month prison sentence. An aggravating factor was a "dishonest or selfish" motive. There was no mitigating evidence save for the absence of prior discipline, which was not enough to save the possibility of ever getting his Louisiana law license restored. (Mike Frisch)
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