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Libby Loses D.C. Law License

Scooter_libby Via Legal Profession Blog comes news today that I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby has been disbarred. The District of Columbia Court of Appeals issued the brief order today, disbarring the former White House adviser who was convicted of perjury and obstruction of justice for his role in Plamegate. Here are the core two paragraphs of the court's four-paragraph, two-page opinion:

When a member of the Bar is convicted of an offense involving moral turpitude, disbarment is mandatory. D.C. Code § 11-2503 (a) (2001). When convictions on more than one count are involved, disbarment is mandated if any one of them involves moral turpitude. In re Lipari, 704 A.2d 851, 852 (D.C. 1997) (citation omitted). This court has held that obstruction of justice (18 U.S.C. § 1503) and perjury (18 U.S.C. § 1623) are crimes of moral turpitude per se. In re Gormley, 793 A.2d 469, 470 (D.C. 2002) (citations omitted). Since respondent was convicted of each of these offenses, as the Board concluded, disbarment is mandatory under D.C. Code § 11-2503 (a). Neither Bar Counsel nor respondent has taken exception to the Board’s Report and Recommendation.

Accordingly, it is hereby ORDERED that I. Lewis Libby, Jr. is disbarred from the practice of law in the District of Columbia, and his name shall be stricken from the roll of attorneys authorized to practice before this court.

According to Wikipedia, Libby's law license in Pennsylvania, where he was first admitted to practice in 1976, was already inactive before his federal conviction.

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on March 20, 2008 at 03:03 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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