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11/01/93 PETER SLUYS RESPONDENT A MEMBER BAR

November 1, 1993

IN RE: PETER SLUYS, RESPONDENT, A MEMBER OF THE BAR OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA COURT OF APPEALS


On Report and Recommendation of the Board on Professional Responsibility

Before Steadman and Schwelb, Associate Judges, and Belson, Senior Judge.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Per Curiam

PER CURIAM: Respondent, Peter Sluys, has been a member of the District of Columbia Bar since 1985. On July 30, 1991, he was convicted of three counts of grand larceny in the third degree, one count of forgery in the second degree, and one count of criminal possession of a forged instrument in the third degree, all in violation of the laws of the State of New York. A Judge of the Rockland County Court sentenced respondent to concurrent terms of probation of five years on each count.

On October 15, 1991, this court, having received a certified copy of the conviction of respondent of the above crimes, entered an order suspending respondent from the practice of law and directing the Board on Professional Responsibility to review the elements of the crimes of which respondent was convicted in order to determine whether they involved moral turpitude within the meaning of D.C. Code § 11-2503 (a). Although respondent was invited to file a brief with the Board, he did not do so. Bar Counsel filed a brief arguing that two of the crimes of which respondent was convicted, forgery and grand larceny, involved moral turpitude per se.

The Board filed a Report and Recommendation with this court on February 17, 1993. In it the Board states its Conclusion that forgery and grand larceny in the third degree involve moral turpitude per se. The Board's report is attached to this opinion and included by reference.

Respondent wrote to the executive attorney for the Board an undated letter received on March 10, 1993, in which he consented to his "disbarment forthwith." He did not, however, file an affidavit pursuant to Rule XI, § 12 of the rules of this court which is the formal way of consenting to a disbarment.

Having considered the entire record herein, we order respondent's disbarment, effective as of the date of this opinion and order, for the reasons and on the grounds set forth in the report of the Board on Professional Responsibility. We call respondent's attention to the provisions of D.C. Bar Rule XI, §§ 14 (f) and 16 (c). *fn1

It is so ordered.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA COURT OF APPEALS BOARD ON PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY

In the Matter of:

PETER SLUYS,

Respondent.

DCCA No. 91-1165

Bar Docket No. ...


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