April 12, 2012
Record Removal Conviction Draws Censure After Interim Suspension
The New York Appellate Division for the Second Judicial Department has imposed a censure of an attorney convicted of a criminal offense in Michigan:
On February 2, 2010, the respondent pleaded guilty in Michigan Circuit Court for the County of Washentaw (Shelton, J.) to removal of public records, as a result of his unauthorized removal of records from the Washentaw County courthouse. On March 16, 2010, the respondent was ordered to pay a fine of $100, court costs of $400, and a crime victim's assessment fee of $50. The respondent's sentence of 30 days in the county jail, based upon his inability to pay the fine, costs, and assessment fee on the day of sentencing was stayed and, ultimately, suspended based upon his timely payment of the fine, costs, and assessment fee. The respondent also was barred from accessing any court files without prior written permission.
The attorney had been suspended as a result of the conviction since May 2011. (Mike Frisch)
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