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In re Pinckney

September 28, 2000

IN RE OBIE PINCKNEY, JR., RESPONDENT.


Before Schwelb, Farrell, and Glickman, 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 September 14, 2000

This is a reciprocal disciplinary proceeding resulting from Obie Pinckney, Jr.'s indefinite suspension from the practice of law in Maryland for commingling and other violations of the Rules of Practice in that jurisdiction. In its Report and Recommendation, a copy of which is attached hereto and made a part hereof, the Board on Professional Responsibility has proposed that Pinckney, who is also a member of our Bar, be suspended from practice in the District of Columbia for one year, with a requirement that he demonstrate fitness before reinstatement.

Pinckney did not participate in the proceedings before the Board, and neither he nor Bar Counsel has excepted to the Board's Report. Applying the deferential standard mandated by our precedents, see, e.g., In re Goldsborough, 654 A.2d 1285, 1288 (D.C. 1995), we adopt the Board's recommendation. Accordingly, for the reasons stated by the Board, Obie Pinckney, Jr. is suspended from practice for one year, and he shall thereafter be reinstated to practice only upon proof of fitness. We direct Pinckney's attention to D.C. Bar R. XI, § 14. *fn1

So ordered.

APPENDIX

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA COURT OF APPEALS BOARD ON PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY

In the Matter of: OBIE PINCKNEY, JR., Respondent.

Bar Docket No. 321-98

REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION OF THE BOARD ON PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY

This matter is before the Board for its consideration of the propriety of reciprocal discipline in light of Respondent*s suspension in Maryland. Respondent is a member of the Bar of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals ("Court"), having been admitted to the Bar on May 26, 1978. He also was admitted to practice before the Court of Appeals of Maryland ("Maryland court").

On or about June 23, 1998, Respondent and Maryland Bar Counsel executed a petition for indefinite suspension by consent. The petition recites that Respondent faced a pending complaint alleging violations of Maryland Rules 16-601 et seq., in that he had engaged in commingling and other prohibited transactions in an attorney escrow account and had ...


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