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No. BD98-021

IN RE: JOSEPH P. MURPHY

ORDER OF DISBARMENT1


SUMMARY

On August 17, 1998, the respondent was convicted after trial by jury in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts of conspiracy to commit extortion under color of official right, extortion under color of official right, and attempted extortion under color of official right, all in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1951(a). The respondent was sentenced to concurrent terms of imprisonment for twenty-four months, followed by two years of supervised release. On September 30, 1999, the respondent's conviction was upheld in United States v. Murphy, 193 F.3d 1 (1St Cir. 1999).

On November 16, 1999, the respondent filed in the Supreme Judicial Court for Suffolk County his consent to disbarment pursuant to S. J. C. Rule 4:01, § 8(5). The respondent acknowledged that his conduct violated Canon One, Disciplinary Rule 1-102(A)(4), (5), and (6); Canon Seven, Disciplinary Rules 7-102(A)(7) and (B); and Canon Seven, Disciplinary Rule 7-109(C).

On December 22, 1999, the county court entered a judgment of disbarment retroactive to May 13, 1998, the effective date of the respondent's temporary suspension. See Matter of Murphy, 14 Mass. Att'y Disc. R 522 (1998).

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

1S.J.C. Order of Disbarment entered by Justice Marshall on December 21, 1999.



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