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Commonwealth of Massachusetts

No. BD-2000-080

IN RE: PETER M. GATELY

S.J.C. Order of Term Suspension entered by Justice Greaney on October 10, 2000.1

SUMMARY2

On May 15, 2000, the respondent was convicted in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts of three counts of willful failure to file income tax returns in violation of 26 U.S.C. § 7203. Willful failure to file income tax returns is a "serious" crime as defined by S. J. C. Rule 4:01, § 12. The respondent's conviction constituted a violation of Mass. R. Prof. C. 8.4(b) and (h).

The respondent assented to a temporary suspension, which took effect on June 13, 2000. On August 25, 2000, the respondent and bar counsel filed a stipulation with the Board of Bar Overseers stipulating to a six-month suspension, retroactive to the date of the temporary suspension, as the proper sanction. On September 11, 2000, the Board of Bar Overseers voted to file an Information with the Court recommending that the respondent be suspended from the practice of law for six months. On October 10, 2000, the Supreme Judicial Court for Suffolk County (Greaney, J.) entered an order suspending the respondent from the practice of law for six months retroactive to June 13, 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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