November 30, 2010
No Reason Not To Disbar
Disbarment is warranted, absent compelling circumstances, for repeated intentional misappropriation, false representations to clients and the fabrication of pleadings to conceal the misconduct, according to a decision of the Maryland Court of Appeals. There were no such compelling circumstances here.
One interesting aspect of the decision notes that the attorney had self-reported the misconduct. A concurring opinion allows for the possibility of a lesser sanction for a "true" self-report of misconduct. Here, the report was made after the misconduct had been discovered. (Mike Frisch)
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