Disciplinary Reporter Case Digest

Attorney ID 208426
Attorney Name Hall , Robert Turnbull
DBP Docket No. 49 DB 2011
Supreme Court Docket No. 1738 DD No. 3
County Out of State
Disciplinary Counsel Richard Hernandez
Counsel for Respondent Samuel C. Stretton
Decision Date 2011-07-12
Effective Date 2011-08-11
Case Digest Respondent intentionally made misrepresentations and omitted material information on the Pennsylvania and New Jersey Bar Applications. In the Pennsylvania Bar Application, Respondent failed to disclose that he had provided false information in response to questions on his law school applications regarding his expulsion from secondary school and his arrest and conviction record; failed to disclose that he failed to complete an outpatient drug treatment program which was a condition imposed on him by the court in order to have a marijuana possession charge dismissed; misrepresented that he had not had any problems with the law since an April 2000 arrest for marijuana possession; and failed to disclose a 1999 lawsuit in which he was named as a defendant. Respondent also made similar omissions and misrepresentations on his New Jersey Bar Application, although Respondent did disclose the 1999 lawsuit on that application. Mitigating factors in determining the discipline to impose were Respondentís cooperation, remorse, acknowledgement of wrongdoing, and lack of a record of discipline. Also, Respondent self-reported his misconduct to the Office of Disciplinary Counsel. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court approved a Joint Petition in Support of Discipline on Consent, in which Respondent consented to a two-year suspension.
Rule Violation(s) RPC 8.1(a), 8.1(b), 8.4(c), and 8.4(d)
Discipline Imposed Suspension for two years (on consent)
Points of Law
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