Tuesday, June 5, 2012
A Massachusetts attorney has been indefinitely suspended as a result of misconduct in connection with a murder case.
According to a summary on the web page of the Board of Bar Overseers, the attorney suffered from a bipolar disorder that was disclosed in his application for bar admission. The misconduct involved a murder trial in Salem Superior Court. He was not an attorney in the murder trial, but "had a personal connection with a relative of the defendant's."
The attorney somehow secured and removed the court file, "and had it destroyed so that it would not be available at the...trial." He was convicted of tampereing with an official record and served 64 days of an eighteen-month sentence.
The misconduct was substantially affected by his disorder.
ABA Journal had this report. (Mike Frisch)