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Commonwealth of Massachusetts

NO. BD-2007-091

IN RE: SHAUN MICHAEL ELLIS

S.J.C. Judgment Accepting Resignation As A Disciplinary Sanction entered by Justice Ireland on April 28, 2009.1

SUMMARY2

On September 24, 2008, the respondent was convicted in Orleans District Court of assault with a dangerous weapon and carrying a dangerous weapon. The respondent displayed a gun to the drive-in cashier at CVS while attempting to fill a prescription and told the cashier that the gun was for times when he got angry. Both of these crimes are felonies. The respondent was sentenced to a suspended term of eighteen months in prison and placed on probation.

On October 24, 2008, the respondent was convicted in Falmouth District Court of felony possession of a Class B drug, Oxycontin, and admitted to sufficient facts and was therefore convicted of violation of an abuse prevention order. The respondent was sentenced to twelve months in the house of correction, suspended, on the possession conviction, and the second matter was continued without a finding for one year. On the same day, the respondent admitted to sufficient facts and was therefore convicted in New Bedford District Court of possession of a Class B drug, crack cocaine. The case was continued without a finding for one year.

The respondent was temporarily suspended from the practice of law on October 24, 2007. Matter of Ellis, 23 Mass. Att’y Disc. R. 132 (2007). He did not fully comply with the order of suspension.

On March 17, 2009, the respondent submitted an affidavit of resignation pursuant to S. J. C. Rule 4:01, § 15. He admitted to the convictions and that his conduct had violated Mass. R. Prof. C. 8.4(b), (d), and (h). Bar counsel asked the Board of Bar Overseers to recommend that the affidavit of resignation be accepted and that the effective date be the date of entry due to the respondent’s failure to comply with the order of temporary suspension.

On April 13, 2009, the Board of Bar Overseers voted to recommend that the affidavit of resignation be accepted and effective upon the date of entry. On April 28, 2009, the Supreme Judicial Court for Suffolk County (Ireland, J.) entered judgment accepting the affidavit of resignation as a disciplinary sanction effective immediately.


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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