Thursday, April 11, 2013
The New York Appellate Division for the Second Judicial Department has ordered a six-month suspension of an attorney convicted of lying to the FBI:
As revealed in the plea minutes, on or about January 6, 2010, FBI agents visited the respondent at his home, and asked him whether he had discussed holding a fundraiser with a certain individual, and the respondent lied, saying he did not, when, in fact, he did discuss holding a fundraiser with this individual.
As to sanction:
The respondent has a prior disciplinary history, consisting of Letter of Caution in 2008 and an Admonition in 2012.
In mitigation, the respondent asks that the Court consider the following factors: his relative youth; the aberrational and unplanned nature of his misconduct; his acknowledgment of guilt; his full cooperation with the Grievance Committee; his sincere remorse; the absence of any risk that he will engage in repeat misconduct; his personal background; his contributions to Jewish and immigrant-related charities; and his reputation as an ethical and honest attorney.
The New York Post reported that the crime related to an investigation of state Senator Carl Kruger. The article also noted that the attorney owned a restaurant called Rasputin in Gravesend. (Mike Frisch)