Thursday, May 10, 2012

Hate Crimes Lead To Disbarment

The New York Appellate Division for the Third Judicial Department has accepted the resignation of an attorney and ordered his disbarment as a result of his conviction on two felony counts of aggravated harassment in the second degree.

The New Jersey Herald reported on the conviction and sentencing:

A former lawyer for New York's Department of Civil Service has been sentenced to prison for making more than 200 threatening and racist phone calls to neighbors and others in Albany.

Albany County District Attorney David Soares says 59-year-old James Hennessey used an online service in an effort to disguise the origin of the calls made over three months in 2010. The targets included African Americans, people with black spouses or other relatives and people renting to blacks.

Hennessey had pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated harassment as a hate crime and was sentenced Wednesday to one to three years in state prison. He resigned from his state job earlier this year.

 (Mike Frisch)

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