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In re Bankston

District of Columbia Court of Appeals


April 13, 2000

IN RE LARRY S. BANKSTON, RESPONDENT.

Before Steadman, Schwelb, and Ruiz, Associate Judges.

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 March 30, 2000

On June 27, 1997, following a jury trial in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, Larry S. Bankston, a member of the bar of this court, and formerly a Louisiana State Senator and Chairman of the Senate's Judiciary Committee B, was found guilty of two felony counts of violating the "Travel Act," 18 U.S.C. § 1952. In the counts of which Bankston was convicted, the United States charged him with using an interstate telephone communication with the intent, inter alia, to promote racketeering and bribery. The facts relating to Bankston's activities are described in United States v. Bankston, 182 F.3d 296 (5th Cir. 1999).

On November 23, 1998, while Bankston's appeal was still pending, the Board on Professional Responsibility recommended that Bankston be disbarred upon the completion of his appeal process. In its Report and Recommendation, the Board expressed the view that "the statutory sections under which [Bankston] was convicted set out an offense of moral turpitude." The Board therefore concluded that disbarrment was mandatory pursuant to the provisions of D.C. Code § 11-2503 (a). Neither Bar Counsel nor Bankston excepted to the Board's recommendation. *fn1 In conformity with our deferential standard of review, see, e.g., In re Goldsborough, 654 A.2d 1285, 1288 (D.C. 1995), we adopt the Board's recommendation.

On July 21, 1999, Bankston's convictions were affirmed, United States v. Bankston, supra, and the appellate process is now complete. *fn2 Accordingly, and in conformity with the Board's recommendation, Larry S. Bankston must be and he is hereby disbarred.

So ordered. *fn3


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