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NO. BD-2008-093


S.J.C. Order of Term Suspension entered by Justice Cordy on March 18, 2009.1


On May 12, 2007, a police officer responded to a call from the respondent’s residence. The officer went up the stairs of the building and knocked at the respondent’s door. With a large kitchen knife in her hand, the respondent answered the door and came at the officer. The officer backed down the stairs while demanding that the respondent drop the knife. The respondent continued to come after the officer down the stairs and into the street. The officer finally shot the respondent in the leg. She fell down and dropped the knife.

On July 17, 2008, the respondent admitted to sufficient facts in Boston Municipal Court to assault with a dangerous weapon in violation of G. L. c. 265, § 15B(b). The court continued the matter until November 3, 2008, and, on that day, continued the case without a finding for one year with conditions that the respondent remain in treatment, take prescribed medication, and write a note of apology to the officer.

Assault with a dangerous weapon is a felony and therefore a serious crime as defined by S. J. C. Rule 4:01, § 12(3). Pursuant to S. J. C. Rule 4:01, § 12(4), the respondent was temporarily suspended from the practice of law on October 20, 2008.

Bar counsel filed a petition for discipline on December 2, 2008, charging that the respondent had been convicted of assault with a dangerous weapon and had violated Mass. R. Prof. C. 8.4(b) and (h). On February 10, 2009, the respondent filed an answer admitting to the allegations and rule violations alleged in the petition for discipline. The parties stipulated that the respondent suffered from severe psychological problems at the time of the incident for which she had since sought treatment. They agreed that the respondent should be suspended from the practice of law for one year and one day, retroactive to the effective date of the temporary suspension.

On March 12, 2009, the Board of Bar Overseers voted to adopt the parties’ stipulation and recommendation for sanction. An information was filed with the Supreme Judicial Court for Suffolk County. On March 18, 2009, the county court entered an order suspending the respondent for one year and one day effective retroactive to October 20, 2008.


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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