Thursday, October 22, 2009
The New York Appellate Division for the Third Judicial Department has disbarred a New South Wales attorney convicted in Australia for possession of child pornography. The attorney has already been disbarred on consent by the New South Wales Court of Appeal. The New York court accepted his resignation in imposing disbarment.
Details about the lawyer and the criminal case may be found in this Wikipedia entry:
On 4 July 2006 [the attorney] requested the information technology department of his office to repair his personal computer which had been experiencing technical problems. During repairs, the technician examining the computer discovered a sub-directory (folder) containing evidence of files associated with child pornography including 31 video files and links to additional material on a removeable hard drive.
The technician notified his superiors and [the attorney] was subsequently arrested on 6 July 2006. He was then also suspended from his duties, but remained on full pay until his formal resignation in January 2007. His annual base remuneration amounted to $ 221,000.
[The attorney] pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography during his court appearance at Sydney's Downing Centre Local Court. Victorian chief Crown prosecutor Jeremy Rapke said [he] had collected in excess of 29,000 pornographic images including 433 pictures and 31 videos depicting children. He said, they were of "the worst and highest grade pornography" involving "humiliation and sadistic bestiality".
Fifty-nine members of the community provided references of their former colleague's good character to the court. This included a statement by the state's most senior Crown Prosecutor, Mark Tedeschi QC, a colleague... of 26 years.