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Commonwealth of Massachusetts

NO. BD-2008-082

IN RE: JAMES A. TRODDEN

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

SUMMARY2

On September 24, 1993, the respondent was convicted in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas of bank fraud in violation of 18 U. S. C. § 1344. He was sentenced to two months’ imprisonment. The respondent engaged in a scheme with others to defraud a bank by causing it to purchase debentures with little or no value. The crime committed by the respondent was a felony, but it did not involve the practice of law.

The respondent did not notify bar counsel of the conviction. After bar counsel became aware of the conviction, a notice of conviction and petition for temporary suspension were filed in the Supreme Judicial Court for Suffolk County. The respondent was temporarily suspended on September 30, 2008.

On March 26, 2009, the respondent submitted to the Board of Bar Overseers an affidavit of resignation pursuant to S. J. C. Rule 4:01, § 15. The respondent admitted that he had been convicted of bank fraud and had not notified bar counsel of the conviction. He admitted that the conduct violated Mass. R. Prof. C. 8.4(b)-(d) and (h). Bar counsel asked the board to recommend that the affidavit be accepted and the effective date made retroactive to September 30, 2008.

On April 13, 2009, the Board of Bar Overseers voted to recommend to the court that the respondent’s affidavit of resignation be accepted effective retroactive to September 30, 2008. On April 28, 2009, the Supreme Judicial Court for Suffolk County (Cordy, J.) entered judgment accepting the affidavit of resignation as a disciplinary sanction effective retroactive to September 30, 2008.


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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