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IN RE: THOMAS L. McDONALD

NO. BD-96-063

SUMMARY1

On November 13, 1998, the respondent was disbarred by the Rhode Island Supreme Court in In the Matter of Thomas L. McDonald, No. 96-361 M.P. (R.I. 1998). The disbarment followed the respondent’s conviction in Rhode Island of two counts of unlawful appropriation in violation of R.I.G.L. § 11-41-11.1.

The facts underlying the conviction had been presented to the Rhode Island Supreme Court in a petition for interim suspension filed in June 1996. The Rhode Island Supreme Court had entered an order of interim suspension on July 3, 1996, and the disbarment was made retroactive to the effective date of the interim suspension.

After the interim suspension entered in Rhode Island, Bar Counsel filed a petition for temporary suspension in Massachusetts. The Supreme Judicial Court entered an order of temporary suspension on March 4, 1997, in Matter of McDonald, 13 Mass. Att’y Disc. R. 528. On December 1, 1998, Bar Counsel filed a petition for reciprocal discipline based on the respondent’s disbarment in Rhode Island. On February 3, 1999, the Supreme Judicial Court entered an order of disbarment retroactive to March 4, 1997.

1 Compiled by the Board of Bar Overseers based on the record before the Court.



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