April 19, 2010
Actions Speak Louder Than Words
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court reinstated an attorney who had been disbarred in 1997 (retroactive to 1994) for a criminal conviction that involved having a client misrepresent herself as a different client and continue that deception through plea and sentence. He had been sentenced to probation and community service. An earlier petition for reinstatement had been denied.
After disbarment, the petitioning attorney "put his savings into opening a Christian school to provide a quality education to children in impoverished neighborhoods." He has served as headmaster of the school since 1995 and "guided hundreds of students." He also has been involved in community advocacy for the poor. His witnesses included attorneys, a judge, the assistant DA who prosecuted him and two former Pittsburgh Steelers-- Franco Harris and Mel Blount.
If reinstatement is about demonstrating present good character through actions rather than words, the petitioner has made the showing of moral rehabilitation necessary for return to practice. (Mike Frisch)
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