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Commonwealth of Massachusetts

NO. BD-2006-085

IN RE: ROBERT W. SHOEMAKER III

S.J.C. Judgment of Resignation As A Disciplinary Sanction entered by Justice Ireland on January 23, 20071

SUMMARY2

On July 21, 2006, the respondent Robert W. Shoemaker III was convicted in the Framingham District Court of possession of child pornography in violation of G. L. c. 272, § 29C. The respondent was sentenced to probation, subject to conditions, until July 21, 2012. Possession of child pornography is a felony and a “serious crime” as defined by S. J. C. Rule 4:01, § 12(3).

The respondent was temporarily suspended from the practice of law on October 10, 2006. On December 8, 2006, the respondent filed an affidavit of resignation admitting to the conviction and that his conduct had violated Mass. R. Prof. C. 8.4(b) and (h). Bar counsel recommended that the resignation be accepted as a disciplinary sanction pursuant to S. J. C. Rule 4:01, § 15, and the effective date be retroactive to October 10, 2006.

On January 8, 2007, the Board of Bar Overseers voted to recommend to the Supreme Judicial Court that the affidavit of resignation be accepted as a disciplinary sanction, retroactive to October 10, 2006. On January 23, 2007, the Supreme Judicial Court for Suffolk County (Ireland, J.) entered judgment accepting the affidavit of resignation as a disciplinary sanction retroactive to October 10, 2006.

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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