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Commonwealth of Massachusetts

NO. BD-1998-001

IN RE: EDWARD K. BOYER

S.J.C. Judgment of Disbarment entered by Justice Cowin on April 4, 2002.1

SUMMARY2

On December 30, 1997, the respondent was found guilty in the Bristol County Superior Court after trial by jury of two counts of interference with a witness in violation of G. L. c. 268A,

§ 13B, and two counts of bribery in violation of G. L. c. 268A, § 2. On January 8, 1998, the respondent was sentenced to the House of Correction for two and one-half years on each violation, all sentences to run concurrently. The respondent’s convictions were upheld in Commonwealth v. Boyer, 52 Mass. App. Ct. 590 (2001).

On February 25, 2002, the respondent submitted an affidavit of resignation pursuant to S. J. C. Rule 4:01, § 15, in which he acknowledged that he had been convicted of two counts of interference with a witness and two counts of bribery and that the evidence establishing his commission of these crimes established his violations of Canon One, Disciplinary Rules 1-102(A)(4), (5), and (6), and Canon Seven, Disciplinary Rules 7-109(B) and (C). Bar counsel submitted a letter to the Board of Bar Overseers recommending that the affidavit of resignation be accepted and an order of disbarment entered effective January 23, 1998, the entry date of the order temporarily suspending the respondent.

On March 11, 2002, the Board of Bar Overseers voted unanimously to recommend to the Supreme Judicial Court that the respondent’s affidavit of resignation be accepted and an order of disbarment entered effective January 23, 1998. On April 4, 2002, the Supreme Judicial Court (Cowin, J.) ordered and adjudged that the affidavit of resignation be accepted and that the respondent be disbarred effective January 23, 1998.

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 before the Court.



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