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In re Cohen

District of Columbia Court of Appeals


December 30, 1999

IN RE ELIZABETH ANNE COHEN, RESPONDENT.

Before Schwelb and Glickman, Associate Judges, and Mack, Senior Judge.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Per Curiam

A Member of the Bar of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals

On Report and Recommendation of the Board on Professional Responsibility

Submitted December 8, 1999

In May 1996, following a jury trial, Elizabeth Anne Cohen, a member of the Bar of this court, was convicted in the Superior Court of New Jersey of theft by deception and theft by failure to make the required disposition of property received. Ms. Cohen was sentenced to incarceration for five years and ordered to make restitution of $380,456.93. On July 10, 1998, the Supreme Court of New Jersey disbarred Ms. Cohen.

On October 15, 1998, this court suspended Ms. Cohen from practice and referred the matter to the Board on Professional Responsibility. In a Report and Recommendation dated March 17, 1999, the Board concluded that Ms. Cohen has been convicted of crimes involving moral turpitude. See In re Hopmayer, 602 A.2d 655, 657 (D.C. 1992); In re Youmans, 617 A.2d 534, 535 (D.C. 1993). The Board therefore recommended that Ms. Cohen be disbarred.

Neither Ms. Cohen nor the Board has filed any exception to the Board's recommendation. *fn1 Where, as here, the crimes of which an attorney has been convicted involve moral turpitude, the appropriate remedy is disbarrment. See D.C. Code § 11-2503 (a) (1995); In re Colson, 412 A.2d 1160, 1164 (D.C. 1979) (en banc). Accordingly, Elizabeth Anne Cohen is hereby disbarred.

So ordered. *fn2


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