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Commonwealth of Massachusetts

NO. BD-2007-057

IN RE: DOUGLAS J. RAMSEY

S.J.C. Order of Term Suspension entered by Justice Greaney on May 27, 2008.1

S.J.C. Judgment of Reinstatement entered by Justice Greaney on March 19, 2008.

SUMMARY2

On May 24, 2007, the respondent admitted to sufficient facts in the Worcester District Court of violating an abuse prevention order in violation of G. L. c. 209A, § 7, and threatening to commit a crime in violation of G. L. c. 275, § 2. The case was continued without a finding until May 27, 2008, with conditions that the respondent be drug- and alcohol-free, submit to random testing, continue in the AdCare program, and attend AA.

On December 6, 2007, the respondent was temporarily suspended. On February 5, 2008, the Supreme Judicial Court for Suffolk County entered an order suspending the respondent from the practice of law for six months. The respondent was required to be actually suspended for three months retroactive to December 6, 2007, the date of his temporary suspension with the remaining three months suspended for one year. Among other things, the order required the respondent to “obtain an evaluation from Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers and…follow all recommendations made by Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers [LCL] and his probation officer for treatment and for attendance at Alcoholics Anonymous and other programs” and “enter into a supervision agreement with Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers permitting Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers to report to bar counsel any deviation from the terms of his probation.”

The respondent petitioned for reinstatement to the practice of law on March 8, 2008. He asserted in his affidavit that he had met with LCL on March 6, 2008, and had agreed to execute a monitoring contract. The respondent was reinstated on March 19, 2008. The respondent had met with LCL and agreed to sign a monitoring agreement, but he never signed the agreement.

On April 14, 2008, the respondent was a passenger in an automobile owned by him but driven by an acquaintance. The acquaintance was arrested for OUI, third offense, and other violations of law. According to the police report, the respondent was highly intoxicated and held in protective custody.

On April 15, 2008, the respondent was arrested for breaking and entering in the daytime, breaking and entering into a vehicle, and vandalizing property. He was charged with those offenses in Falmouth District Court. The house and property involved in the incident belong to the acquaintance’s estranged husband and occurred while the husband had a 209A restraining order against his wife. The police reported that the respondent appeared intoxicated during this incident. As a result of these charges, the respondent was charged with violating the probation conditions ordered by the Worcester District Court.

On May 7, 2008, bar counsel moved to terminate the suspended portion of the respondent’s suspension. The respondent waived hearing and assented to serving the remaining three months of the suspension. On May 27, 2008, the county court (Greaney, J.) entered an order suspending the respondent for three months, effective upon the date of entry.


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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