May 10, 2011
The Guns Of Altoona
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has imposed a three-year suspension of an attorney convicted of a felony firearms offense. The conviction was revealed when he sought reinstatement from inactive staus.
The attorney had purchased nine handguns from two gun stores in Altoona. He listed several different addresses as true and correct. He also falsely certified that he was not an unlawful drug user. In fact, he used cocaine at the time, when he was living with his girlfriend/legal secretary, who "was deeply into crack cocaine..."
The attorney's testimony that the guns were legally purchased "for personal use to go shooting in the woods" was rejected as incredible.
He has completed a recovery program. The court imposed the suspension nunc pro tunc to May 2009. (Mike Frisch)
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