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NO. BD-2009-023


S.J.C. Judgment of Disbarment entered by Justice Gants on April 13, 2009, with an effective date of May 13, 2009.1


On December 5, 2008, the respondent, Robert M. Karanian, was disbarred in Connecticut by the Superior Court for the Judicial District of Waterbury. The disbarment was based upon the respondent’s conviction in that court on September 23, 2008, of bribery of a witness in violation of C.G.S. § 53a-149, and of tampering with a witness in violation of C.G.S. § 53a-151. Bribery of a witness and tampering with a witness are felonies and each constitutes a “serious crime” as defined by S.J.C. Rule 4:01, § 12(3).

The respondent did not report either the conviction or the disbarment to bar counsel in Massachusetts, as required by S.J.C. Rule 4:01, § 12(8), and § 16(6), respectively.

On February 26, 2009, bar counsel filed a Notice Of Conviction and Petition For Reciprocal Discipline with the Supreme Judicial Court for Suffolk County. The Court issued an Order Of Notice giving the respondent 30 days to show cause why reciprocal discipline should not be ordered in Massachusetts.

On April 8, 2009, bar counsel filed with the Court a Waiver And Assent by which the respondent waived hearing and assented to the entry of an order of disbarment. On April 13, 2009, the Court (Gants, J.) entered an Order Of Disbarment, effective thirty days after the date of entry.


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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