Friday, June 14, 2019
A felony conviction drew automatic disbarment from the New York Appellate Division for the First Judicial Department.
On April 25, 2018, in Supreme Court, New York County, respondent was convicted, upon her plea of guilty, of attempted robbery in the third degree, a class E felony, in violation of Penal Law §§ 110.00 and 160.05. Respondent admitted during the plea allocution that on August 26, 2016, at a bank in New York County, she attempted to forcibly steal property from another person. On June 13, 2018, respondent was sentenced to a conditional discharge of three years and a surcharge of $300.
The New York Post reported
A criminal defense lawyer who devoted her career to keeping her clients out of prison may herself serve a long stretch behind bars in a pair of bank robberies.
Meighan Marie McSherry once had a promising career — she was on the prestigious Hofstra Law School trial team and was quoted in a national newspaper as an expert on the law.
But that ended Thursday when the 46-year-old whip-smart Upper West Side resident was busted on charges she robbed a bank in Greenwich, Conn.
She’s also a suspect in an attempted heist at a Chase branch on Broadway at West 79th Street, in the historic Apthorp apartment building, the NYPD said.
A neighbor of McSherry, who lives in the posh Bancroft building on West 72nd Street near Central Park, said financial woes may have forced her to live a “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” existence.
“It’s sad. She is a nice lady,” the neighbor said. McSherry was being held on $250,000 bond for allegedly robbing a Wells Fargo Bank in Greenwich on Thursday afternoon. She allegedly handed a teller a note demanding money and warning she was armed.
The heist netted an undisclosed pile of cash, but cops arrested McSherry driving soon after.
It may have been McSherry’s second heist in less than a week. Surveillance pictures taken Tuesday show a woman with a strikingly similar appearance inside the Chase Bank on the Upper West Side.
Like the Greenwich job, the suspect passed a note to a teller demanding money. The Chase teller didn’t comply, though, and the female bandit ran off.
McSherry has no memory of the Connecticut stickup, her lawyer, Jennifer De Castro Tunnard, told The Post on Friday. McSherry was being held Saturday in Niantic, Conn.
McSherry’s neighbor didn’t know if she was abusing drugs or alcohol. “But she had issues,” the neighbor said. “She always looked nervous to me.”
Among McSherry’s financial woes are lawsuits brought by her landlords seeking a total of $21,700.
McSherry claimed to the neighbor that she was taking care of her dementia-stricken mom. The resident said she didn’t know the marital status of McSherry, a former Bronx public defender.
Back in 1999, McSherry was highly regarded enough to be quoted in a USA Today report on O.J. Simpson’s work as a TV pitchman for a lawyer referral service.
“Law firms may be turned off because, by being part of the service, they run the risk of being known in their market as the ‘O.J. Simpson law firm,’ ” she told the newspaper.