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In re Sabghir

District of Columbia Court of Appeals


June 15, 2000

IN RE DAVID S. SABGHIR, RESPONDENT
A MEMBER OF THE BAR OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA COURT OF APPEALS

Before Terry, Associate Judge, and Mack and Ferren, Senior Judges.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Per Curiam

On Report and Recommendation of the Board on Professional Responsibility

(Submitted March 15, 2000

This is a reciprocal discipline case. Respondent, David Sabghir, was disbarred in the State of New York because of his involvement in a fraudulent investment scheme. In re Sabghir, 211 A.D.2d 337, 628 N.Y.S.2d 381 (1995). Thereafter the Maryland Court of Appeals also disbarred him in a reciprocal proceeding based on the New York discipline. Attorney Grievance Commission v. Sabghir, 350 Md. 67, 710 A.2d 926 (1998). The matter comes before this court on the recommendation of our Board on Professional Responsibility that Mr. Sabghir be disbarred in the District of Columbia. We accept the recommendation and order his disbarrment. *fn1

The underlying facts are set forth in the New York and Maryland opinions and need not be repeated here. Mr. Sabghir has filed no exception to the Board's recommendation - indeed, he has filed nothing at all with either the Board or this court - and the Office of Bar Counsel has advised us by letter that it does not object to the proposed discipline.

In reciprocal cases, this court has consistently recognized "a rebuttable presumption that the discipline will be the same in the District of Columbia as it was in the original disciplining jurisdiction." In re Zilberberg, 612 A.2d 832, 834 (D.C. 1992) (citation omitted); accord, e.g., In re Gardner, 650 A.2d 693, 695 (D.C. 1994). The applicable rule, D.C. Bar Rule XI, § 11 (c), provides that reciprocal discipline shall be imposed unless the attorney demonstrates, by clear and convincing evidence, that any of five listed exceptions warrants a different sanction. Mr. Sabghir has made no attempt to rebut the presumption or to show that any of the five exceptions applies in his case. He has thus effectively conceded that reciprocal discipline is warranted. See, e.g., In re Goldsborough, 654 A.2d 1285, 1288 (D.C. 1995).

It is therefore ORDERED that respondent, David S. Sabghir, is hereby disbarred from the practice of law in the District of Columbia, effective immediately. Since he has not yet filed the affidavit required by D.C. Bar Rule XI, § 14 (g), his eligibility for reinstatement shall be calculated from the date on which he does so. See In re Slosberg, 650 A.2d 1329, 1331 (D.C. 1994).


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