Monday, January 14, 2013

Choice Words

The Rhode Island Supreme Court has agreed with a recommendation of its Committee on Character and Fitness ("committee") and denied bar admission to an applicant after he had passed the bar exam on his third attempt.

The issues related to arrests in 1983 and 1998, as well as traffic violations and incident reports. The committee "focused on two confrontations applicant had with the Providence police and one confrontation with Rhode Island state police."

 He admitted calling an officer "a f***ing idiot" and mischaracterized the ensuing disorderly conduct charges.

While in law school, he was charged with offenses after he "allegedly had tied his dogs to the door handle of a bank" and "had a few choice words" for the responding police officers.

The committee found that the applicant did not give full and accurate information and was not candid and sincere with the admissions process.

This summary is from the court's web page:

The Supreme Court adopted the recommendation of the committee, finding that, despite several hearings and multiple opportunities to amend his application, the applicant failed to fully disclose information requested in the application.  Notably, the applicant failed to amend his application to disclose a recent arrest.  The Court found no evidence of abuse of discretion on the part of the committee, and it held that the applicant had failed to meet his burden of proving his character and fitness to practice law as a member of the Rhode Island bar.

(Mike Frisch)

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