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Commonwealth of Massachusetts

NO. BD-2007-042

IN RE: BLONDE GRAYSON HALL

S.J.C. Order of Term Suspension entered by Justice Cordy on October 4, 2007.1

SUMMARY2

On March 21, 2007, the respondent was convicted in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania of three misdemeanor counts of willful failure to file tax returns in violation of 26 U. S. C. § 7203F. The respondent was sentenced to twelve months’ imprisonment, fined $20,000, and placed on supervised release for one year following her release from custody. Willful failure to file a tax return is a “serious” crime as defined by S. J. C. Rule 4:01, § 12(3).

On August 3, 2007, bar counsel filed a petition for discipline alleging that the respondent’s conduct had violated Mass. R. Prof. C. 8.4(b) and (h). The parties filed a stipulation in which the respondent admitted to the conviction and that her conduct had violated the rules cited. The parties requested a recommendation from the Board of Bar Overseers that the respondent be suspended from the practice of law for nine months, effective May 30, 2007, the date of the respondent’s temporary suspension. They further stipulated that the respondent be permitted to apply for reinstatement within one year of the effective date of her suspension without having taken and passed the Multi-state Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) so long as her reinstatement is conditioned upon her taking and passing the next scheduled MPRE after her release from custody.

On September 10, 2007, the Board of Bar Overseers voted unanimously to endorse the parties’ stipulation. On September 25, 2007, the board filed an information and the record of proceedings in the Supreme Judicial Court for Suffolk County. On October 4, 2007, the county court (Cordy, J.) entered an order suspending the respondent from the practice of law for nine months effective May 30, 2007. The court further ordered that (1) the respondent was exempt from the requirement that she take and pass the MPRE as a condition of petitioning for reinstatement so long as she files her petition within one year of the effective date of her suspension, and (2) the respondent’s reinstatement is conditioned upon her taking and passing the next scheduled MPRE after her release from prison.


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 before the Supreme Judicial Court.



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