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NO. BD-2000-042


S.J.C. Judgment of Disbarment entered by Justice Cowin on August 21, 2003.1


On July 24, 2000, the respondent was convicted in the Superior Court Division of Alamance County, North Carolina, of three counts of first degree sex offense in violation of N.C.G.S. No. 14-27(A)(1) and sentenced to life imprisonment. The conviction was upheld in State v. Bartlett, 153 N.C.App. 680, 571 S.E.2d 28 (2002), further appellate review denied at State v. Bartlett, 356 N.C. 679, 577 S.E.2d 892 (2003).

On January 5, 2001, the bar counsel filed a petition for discipline alleging that the respondent violated Canon One, Disciplinary Rule 1-102(A)(6), and Mass. R. Prof. C. 8.4(b) and (h). The matter was deferred pending appellate review. Following affirmance of the conviction, the bar counsel sought a recommendation from the Board of Bar Overseers of disbarment, effective December 11, 2000, the date of the respondentís temporary suspension. The respondent contended that he had been denied the due process of law in North Carolina and that no discipline was warranted.

On June 9, 2003, the Board of Bar Overseers voted unanimously to recommend to the Supreme Judicial Court that the respondent be disbarred. An information recommending disbarment was filed with the Supreme Judicial Court for Suffolk County on June 24, 2003.

On August 20, 2003, a hearing on the information was held in the county court. The respondent appeared by counsel. On August 21, 2003, the Supreme Judicial Court for Suffolk County (Cowin, J.) entered an judgment of disbarment effective December 11, 2000.

1 The complete Order of the Court is available by contacting the Clerk of the Supreme Judicial Court for Suffolk County.

2 Compiled by the Board of Bar Overseers based on the record before the Court.

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