January 2, 2013
Letters from Jail
An Illinois Hearing Board has recommended disbarment in a case involving criminal convictions.
The first incident is described in the report:
On April 5, 2004, Respondent barricaded himself in his home in Florida, with his two sons, one of whom was under the age of eighteen. After the police were summoned, Respondent fired a gun at least six times from a second-story window, nearly missing a police officer and damaging a police vehicle. During the incident, Respondent prevented his sons from leaving his home, although both eventually escaped the home unharmed.
After he went to jail
...Respondent, while incarcerated pursuant to his conviction described [above], wrote at least 13 letters to his then-wife that contained threats, attempts to exhort her, and statements intended to prevent her from testifying against him. During that time, Respondent also wrote one letter to his son in which he attempted to persuade him to prevent his then-wife from testifying against him. Respondent sent the letters to their recipients via the U.S. Postal Service...following a jury trial, Respondent was convicted of four counts of sending threatening mail, four counts of sending extortionate threatening mail, and six counts of witness tampering.
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