December 17, 2010
Dancing To Disbarment
The New York Appellate Division for the First Judicial Department has disbarred an attorney for conduct that led to a criminal conviction as described below:
On March 23, 2010, respondent pleaded guilty to promoting prostitution in the third degree (Penal Law § 230.25), a class D felony. At the plea hearing, respondent admitted that he had "knowingly advanced and profited from prostitution" by dancers at a night club he owned and managed. Respondent also admitted to "engaging in sexual conduct with dancers in the private rooms in exchange for allowing them to work at the club."
On that same day, March 23, 2010, respondent pleaded guilty to a total of three class A misdemeanors: two counts of falsely reporting an incident in the third degree (Penal Law § 240.50[a]) and one count of offering a false instrument for filing in the second degree (Penal Law § 175.30). During his plea allocution, respondent admitted that, among other things, he falsely reported to the New York City Police Department that police officers attempted to extort money from him by threatening to close his night club. Respondent also admitted that he offered the Police Department a document for filing that repeated the false extortion claim.
Details from this post in NYDailyNews.com identify the establishment as the Hot Lap Dance Club. (Mike Frisch)
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Seems that prostitution just doesn't fit well with the practice of law.
The lawyer argued "that automatic disbarment violates constitutional standards of due process." It would have been nice had the court taken the time to address those arguments.
Posted by: FixedWing | Dec 22, 2010 10:34:26 PM