Sunday, August 2, 2009

Should lawyer engaged in sex crime be disbarred?

A lawyer who works for the big firm Goldman Sachs has been accused of trying to arrange a sexual encounter with an undercover investigator posing in online chats as a 15-year-old girl. Should he be disbarred if convicted?

Interestingly, the New York Personal Injury Blog points out that although NY appellate courts generally issue unanimous opinions in cases dealing with ethics and lawyer disbarment, last December there was as a sharp divide in an identical case (See: Sex Offender Keeps Law License (Updated)).The Appellate Division, First Department ruled 3-2 that suspension was in order as opposed to disbarment.

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