July 27, 2010
Law Library Thefts Lead To Disbarment
The web page of the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers reports on a recent discipline case:
The respondent...was admitted to the bar on June 19, 1985. In 2006 and 2007, he was an employee of the Lawrence law library. Between November 2006 and June 2007, the respondent converted to his own use $7,250 from funds belonging to the law library by making unauthorized withdrawals from the law library’s bank account.
On November 6, 2009, the respondent admitted to sufficient facts in the Newburyport District Court to five counts of larceny over $250 in violation of G. L. c. 266, § 30(1). The case was continued without a finding until November 7, 2011, with conditions that the respondent make restitution, perform 200 hours of community service, and stay away from the law library. An admission to sufficient facts constitutes a conviction as defined by S. J. C. Rule 4:01, § 12(1).
The respondent was temporarily suspended from the practice of law on January 20, 2010. He did not comply with order of temporary suspension.
The discipline imposed was disbarment. (Mike Frisch)
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