Disciplinary Reporter Case Digest

Attorney ID 34089
Attorney Name Coppula, II, Richard Patsy
DBP Docket No. 92 DB 2000
Supreme Court Docket No. 591 D.D. No. 3
County Lancaster
Disciplinary Counsel Susan N. Dobbins
Counsel for Respondent
Decision Date 2000-08-01
Effective Date 2000-08-31
Case Digest By order of the Supreme Court of the State of Illinois dated February 5, 1991, Respondent was disbarred on consent. The disbarment on consent in Illinois was based on Respondent's own motion. The facts underpinning that disbarment were from the facts which resulted in Respondent's convictions of crimes in both Illinois and Iowa. On July 19, 1990, Respondent was convicted of felony theft in Illinois and was sentenced to a period of imprisonment of three years to be followed by a period of one-year mandatory supervised release. Subsequently, Respondent entered a plea of guilty to a charge of Theft in the First Degree in Iowa. On September 2, 1992, he was sentenced in Iowa to a term of imprisonment for no more than 10 years and was given credit for time served, with his sentence suspended and he was placed on probation for a period of three years. Respondent did not report either the disbarment on consent or the criminal convictions to the Pennsylvania disciplinary system. Rule 216(e), Pa.R.D.E., which specifically requires reporting attorney discipline within twenty (20) days of the final order, was not adopted until August 5, 1995. Nevertheless, Respondent stayed on active status in Pennsylvania and misrepresented the status of his membership in the Illinois Bar on his Pennsylvania Attorney Registration statements. Upon learning of Respondent's disbarment and criminal convictions, ODC filed for reciprocal discipline in Pennsylvania by letter dated April 25, 2000. On May 22, 2000, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania issued a per curiam Notice and Order directing Respondent within 30 days to state any claim why the imposition of the identical or comparable discipline in Pennsylvania would be unwarranted. Respondent did not respond to the Court's Notice and Order and on July 17, 2000, ODC filed a Petition for Reciprocal Discipline with the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. By order of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania dated August 1, 2000, Respondent was disbarred from the practice of law in the Commonwealth.
Rule Violation(s) Rule 216, Pa.R.D.E.
Discipline Imposed Disbarment
Points of Law N/A
Report/Opinion not available