Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Check Bribery Offer Shows Impaired Thinking

The New York Appellate Division for the First Judicial Department has imposed a public censure of an attorney for criminal offenses described in the opinion:

Respondent testified that on the date of the incident, he went to lunch with friends during which he drank heavily. He then returned to his office and his friends eventually left. Respondent left his Jackson Heights office around 5:00 p.m. intending to drive home to Elmont, but after he crossed into Nassau County, his car collided with a telephone pole. Respondent had no recollection of the accident other than, after he exited his damaged vehicle, he was handcuffed, placed in the back of a police vehicle, and taken to a police station. Respondent testified that he had no recollection of the events that occurred at the police station, including his attempt to bribe a police officer with a personal check for $2,000.

The panel that considered the case noted: "[w]e cannot help but observe that an attorney who would offer to bribe a police officer by means of a personal check would have to have had his judgment impaired by something." (Mike Frisch)


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