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Commonwealth of Massachusetts

NO. BD-2002-046

IN RE: RICHARD L. LITTLE

S.J.C. Order of Term Suspension entered by Justice Ireland on March 20, 2003, with an effective date of April 19, 2003.1

SUMMARY2

On December 5, 2001, the respondent was found guilty in Virginia of sending harassing e-mail, a misdemeanor. Imposition of sentence was stayed, and he was placed on supervised probation for two years with conditions that he receive counseling in anger management, continue with mental health counseling, and not contact the victim.

On August 27, 2002, the respondent was convicted in Pennsylvania of communication or address for sending harassing e-mail to his recently deceased wifeís mother and sister with copies to forty-seven other recipients. The correspondence in Pennsylvania had been sent before the correspondence that was the subject of the Virginia prosecution. The respondent was sentenced to pay the costs of prosecution and placed on six months of probation consecutive to the Virginia sentence.

The correspondence was sent after the respondentís wife died of cancer following a long illness. The e-mails contained violent, threatening, and extremely insulting invective against his former sister-in-law and mother-in-law. The respondentís conduct violated Mass. R. Prof. C. 8.4(b) and (h).

The respondent did not file an answer to the petition for discipline or otherwise participate in the bar discipline proceedings before the Board of Bar Overseers. On February 10, 2003, the Board of Bar Overseers voted to recommend to the Supreme Judicial Court that the respondent be suspended for a year and a day.

On March 19, 2003, with due notice to the respondent, the Supreme Judicial Court for Suffolk County (Ireland, J.) conducted a hearing on the information filed by the Board of Bar Overseers. The respondent did not participate in this hearing. On March 20, 2003, the county court entered an order suspending the respondent for a year and a day effective thirty days from the date of the order.

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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