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In re McCoole

District of Columbia Court of Appeals


February 21, 2002

IN RE JAMES F. MCCOOLE, RESPONDENT. A MEMBER OF THE BAR OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA COURT OF APPEALS

Before Wagner, Chief Judge and Steadman and Reid, Associate Judges.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Per Curiam

On Report and Recommendation of the Board on Professional Responsibility

Submitted February 5, 2002

The Board on Professional Responsibility (the Board) recommends the disbarrment of respondent, James F. McCoole, from the practice of law in the District of Columbia based upon his three convictions for grand larceny in the second degree in the State of New York. Respondent pleaded guilty to each of these felony offenses. *fn1 After notification of his criminal convictions by Bar Counsel, this court entered an order on January 5, 2001 suspending respondent from the practice of law in the District of Columbia, pursuant to D.C. Bar R. XI, § 10 (c) and Rule XI, § 11 (d), and directed the Board to institute formal proceedings. The criminal offenses for which McCoole was convicted inherently involve moral turpitude and require disbarrment under D.C. Code § 11-2503 (a). See In re Solerwitz, 601 A.2d 1083, 1084 (D.C. 1992) (citing In re Colson, 412 A.2d 1160, 1164 (D.C. 1979) (en banc)). The Board recommends disbarrment and that the reciprocal discipline proceeding based upon respondent's disbarrment in the State of New Jersey be dismissed as moot. Further, the Board reports that respondent has not filed the affidavit required by D.C. Bar R. XI 14 (g). See In re Slater, 627 A.2d 508, 509 (D.C. 1993). Therefore, it is

ORDERED that respondent, James F. McCoole, be disbarred from the practice of law in the District of Columbia, effective immediately. The period of time prescribed by D.C. Bar R. XI, § 16 (c) after which respondent may apply for readmission shall not begin to run until respondent files an affidavit as required by D.C. Bar R. XI, § 14 (g). It is further

ORDERED that the reciprocal discipline proceeding based on respondent's disbarrment in the state of New Jersey be dismissed as moot.

So ordered.


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