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Commonwealth of Massachusetts

NO. BD-2005-089

IN RE: GARY R. LEBLANC

S.J.C. Judgment of Disbarment entered by Justice Ireland on June 30, 2010.1

SUMMARY2

On October 20, 2005, the respondent was convicted in the Worcester Superior Court of two counts of rape, indecent assault on a person fourteen or over, administering a drug for purpose of sexual intercourse, distribution of cocaine, furnishing liquor to a person under twenty-one years of age, and a drug violation in a school zone. The respondent was sentenced to state prison and required to register as a sex offender. Following these convictions, the respondent was temporarily suspended from the practice of law on January 9, 2006. See Matter of LeBlanc, 22 Mass. Att’y Disc. R. 458 (2006).

On February 3, 2009, the Appeals Court in Commonwealth v. LeBlanc, 73 Mass. App. Ct. 624 (2009), reversed the conviction for administering drugs for sexual intercourse but affirmed the remaining convictions. Bar counsel filed a petition for discipline on February 4, 2009. Proceedings were deferred while the criminal case was further appealed to the Supreme Judicial Court. Commonwealth v. LeBlanc, 456 Mass. 135 (2010), upheld all of the convictions except for administering a drug for sexual intercourse.

On May 18, 2010, the respondent submitted an affidavit of resignation in which he maintained his innocence of the charges but admitted that he had been convicted of the offenses charged in the petition for discipline and that the convictions established violations of Mass. R. Prof. C. 8.4(b) and (h). Bar counsel asked the Board of Bar Overseers to recommend to the Supreme Judicial Court for Suffolk County that the affidavit of resignation be accepted and an order of disbarment enter, effective retroactive to January 9, 2006.

On June 14, 2010, the board voted to recommend to the court that the affidavit of resignation be accepted and an order of disbarment enter, effective January 9, 2006. On June 30, 2010, the county court (Ireland, J.) accepted the resignation and entered a judgment of disbarment effective as of January 9, 2006.


FOOTNOTES:

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 filed with the Supreme Judicial Court.



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