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NO. BD-2000-048


S.J.C. Order of Term Suspension entered by Justice Spina on June 27, 2001.1


On August 5, 2000, the respondent broke into the apartment of a woman who had recently broken off a relationship with him. The respondent ransacked the apartment, smearing blood throughout the premises; destroyed personal property; and scattered around the contents of a garbage bag. The respondent telephoned the woman at her friend's apartment, ordered her to return home, and threatened to kill both her and her friend.

On October 27, 2000, the respondent admitted to sufficient facts in the Boston Municipal Court to the crimes of breaking and entering in the nighttime to commit a felony, malicious destruction of property over $250, and threatening to commit a crime. The case was continued without a finding and the respondent was placed on probation for thirty months with various conditions.

On September 15, 2000, the respondent assented to a transfer to disability inactive status. On May 4, 2001, the respondent and bar counsel filed a stipulation in which the respondent admitted to having committed "serious crimes," as that term is defined by S. J. C. Rule 4:01, § 12(3), and that his conduct violated Mass. R. Prof. C. 8.4(b) and (h). The parties requested a recommendation from the Board of Bar Overseers to the Supreme Judicial Court that the respondent be suspended from the practice of law for a year and a day, retroactive to the effective date of the respondent's temporary suspension.

On May 14, 2001, the board voted unanimously to accept the stipulation of the parties and their joint recommendation. On June 8, 2001, the board filed an information with the Supreme Judicial Court for Suffolk County requesting that the court suspend the respondent for a year and a day, effective September 15, 2000. On June 27, 2001, the county court entered an order suspending the respondent for a year and a day effective September 15, 2000.

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

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