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Public Reprimand No. 2010-32


Order (public reprimand) entered by the Board October 28, 2010.


On March 22, 2010, the respondent admitted to sufficient facts in the Pittsfield District Court to the crime of assault and battery in violation of G. L. c. 265, ß 13A(a). The victim was the respondentís wife. The respondent had filed for divorce, but he and the wife continued to live in the marital home. An argument ensued when the wife could not find some pottery. While arguing with the respondent, the wife was speaking to a friend on her phone. The respondent slapped at the phone and slapped his wife on the arm. The matter was continued without a finding for one year.

On June 23, 2010, bar counsel filed a petition for discipline, to which the respondent filed an answer on August 9, 2010. On October 5, 2010, the respondent filed an amended answer, and the parties filed a stipulation in which they agreed to the sanction of public reprimand. On October 18, 2010, the Board of Bar Overseers voted to sanction the respondent by a public reprimand.

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

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