Thursday, March 20, 2008

The President: Libby Disbarred

"Scooter" Libby (who had already been suspended from the practice of law) has been disbarred from practicing law in the nation's capital after being convicted of lying to a grand jury and investigators last year (Case No. 07-BG-170). The three-judge District of Columbia Court of Appeals wrote in its one-and-a-half page opinion, "When a member of the Bar is convicted of an offense involving moral turpitude, disbarment is mandatory." The judges (John R. Fisher, Anna Blackburne-Rigsby and Annice Wagner) were appointees of Presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter. Of course, a portion of Libby's sentence was commuted by President Bush last July. According to the Washington Post:
Libby's disbarment is effective as of June 12, 2007, when he first filed a declaration saying he would voluntarily comply with the court's rules on professional ethics for lawyers. Libby, 57, could seek reinstatement to the bar five years from that date, in June 2012.
See story here. See the Court's full opinion here. See Washington Post report here.

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