Disciplinary Reporter Case Digest

Attorney ID 55789
Attorney Name Meehan, Jr., Edward C.
DBP Docket No. 26 DB 2006
Supreme Court Docket No. 1178 DD No. 3
County Philadelphia
Disciplinary Counsel Harriet R. Brumberg
Counsel for Respondent Samuel C. Stretton
Decision Date 2006-09-18
Effective Date 2006-10-18
Case Digest Respondent failed to file Notices of Appeal in two criminal matters. Respondent’s neglect required the criminal defendants to file PCRA actions and have the court reinstate their appellate rights. Respondent had record of private discipline for engaging in similar misconduct.
Rule Violation(s) 1.3; 1.4(a); 1.4(b); 1.16(d); and 8.4(d)
Discipline Imposed Public Censure
Points of Law Chief Justice Ralph J. Cappy’s Public Censure of Meehan states that Meehan’s conduct in the two criminal cases was “not a trivial matter” and that Meehan “abandoned” his clients when their “liberty interests” were at stake. Cappy informs Meehan that he “not only let down your clients, but your unprofessional handling of the appeals reflects upon the legal system to which we all belong.”
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