Wednesday, December 28, 2011
A single justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has ordered a two-year suspension in a case where the attorney had committed negligent misappropriation. The client did not file a bar complaint. Rather, the overdraft was reported to Bar Counsel.
The misconduct was made far worse by the attorney's response. He made false representations to Bar Counsel and submitted false documents to support his explanation. the single justice gave significant weight to the attorney's attempt to cover up the initial misconduct through the creation of false records and affidavits. (Mike Frisch)