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APPLICATION OF JAMES G.

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Robert C. Murphy

Robert C. Murphy

Former Chief Judge, Court of Appeals of Maryland

APPLICATION OF JAMES G.

Issue: Did a lawyer who was convicted of a stabbing just after enrolling in law school, but who ultimately graduated many years later and practiced law in the District of Columbia without incident for more than two years persuade the Court that he was rehabilitated and fit to practice law?

Admitted?: Yes.  Observing that the applicant has been ethically discharging his duties as an attorney and member of the District of Columbia Bar for over two years, the majority of this Court considered the nature of the offenses for which the applicant was convicted, the time of their commission, the circumstances involved, and what they regarded as "convincing evidence of the applicant's rehabilitation" to conclude that he had the present good moral character to permit him to be granted the privilege of admission to the Bar of Maryland.

Area of Concern: Serious Criminal Misconduct, Misconduct After Enrolling in Law School, Rehabilitation.

Citation: 296 Md. 310, 462 A.2d 1198 (1983)