Saturday, June 05, 2004

Federal appeals court nominee went three years without a law license?

Via this post from Marcia Oddi, the Washington Post has this article ("Appeals Court Nominee Let His Bar Dues Lapse, 6/4/04) that says the new nominee to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit practiced in D.C. for three years in private and public positions while his license was suspended for not paying bar dues.

An unrelated story ("Phony Ex-Judge Receives 2 Years," 6/4/04) in the Washington Post begins: "A local businessman who has been sanctioned again and again over the past two decades for misrepresenting his legal credentials was sentenced yesterday to a two-year prison term for failing to heed earlier court orders.

It was the maximum the judge could impose and the stiffest penalty yet in the long saga of Simon Banks, 65, who kept advertising himself as a former administrative law judge, even though he had never even passed the bar."

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