Thursday, February 9, 2012
The Florida Supreme Court has concluded that "[n]o amount of rehabilitation would ever be sufficient to warrant readmitting" an attorney admitted to practice in 1981.
The attorney had engaged in a criminal defense practice. He had been convicted of several federal felonies included bribery and disbarred in 1998. The misconduct related to court appointments. The petitioner had given kickbacks to the apointing judge.
The court noted that the petitioner had devoted over 13,000 hours of community service. He also did a CLE program called "My Faith In Practice." The court nonetheless found that the crimes were sufficently grave so as to virtually preclude future reinstatement. (Mike Frisch)