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In re Duker

District of Columbia Court of Appeals


January 28, 1999

IN RE WILLIAM F. DUKER, RESPONDENT.

Before Steadman, Farrell, and Ruiz, Associate Judges.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Per Curiam

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A Member of the Bar of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals On Report and Recommendation of the Board on Professional Responsibility

Submitted January 12, 199

On August 21, 1997, respondent William F. Duker pled guilty in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York to mail fraud in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 1341 and 1342 and related charges. *fn1 Bar Counsel reported Respondent's guilty plea to this court. On September 22, 1997, we entered an order suspending respondent from the practice of law pursuant to D.C. Bar R. XI, § 10(c) while the Board on Professional Responsibility conducted a formal proceeding to determine its recommended discipline.

The Board recommends disbarrment. D.C. Code § 11-2503(a) requires such a sanction for conviction of a crime involving moral turpitude. The criminal offense of mail fraud involves moral turpitude per se. In re Ferber, 703 A.2d 142, 143 (D.C. 1997) (per curiam). *fn2 Neither Bar Counsel nor respondent has filed any exception to this recommendation. Accordingly, it is

ORDERED that William F. Duker, Esquire, is disbarred, effective forthwith, from the practice of law in the District of Columbia. Respondent's attention is again called to D.C. Bar R. XI, § 14, including the affidavit requirement of subsection (g), and to the consequences of not timely complying with the requirements of section 14 set forth in D.C. Bar R. XI, § 16(c).

So ordered.


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