June 16, 2005
IN RE GEORGE E. TILLERSON, III
A MEMBER OF THE BAR OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA COURT OF APPEALS (BAR REGISTRATION NO. 446661)
On Report and Recommendation of the Board on Professional Responsibility (BDN92-96)
Submitted June 7, 2005
Before SCHWELB, FARRELL, and REID, Associate Judges.
The Board on Professional Responsibility has recommended that George E. Tillerson, III, a member of our Bar, be disbarred. The recommendation is based on Tillerson's 2002 conviction in the Superior Court, following a jury trial, of first-degree theft. In its Report and Recommendation, issued on April 21, 2004, the Board concluded that the offense of first-degree theft constituted moral turpitude per se and that disbarrment is therefore the appropriate sanction. See D.C. Code § 11-2503 (a) (2001); In re Colson, 412 A.2d 1160, 1164 (D.C. 1979).
Tillerson appealed from his conviction, and on June 24, 2004, on Tillerson's motion, this court held the disciplinary proceeding in abeyance pending the outcome of his appeal.*fn1 On February 23, 2005, this court affirmed Tillerson's conviction. Tillerson v. United States, Nos. 02-CF-1438 & 03-CO-827 (D.C. 2005) (Memorandum Opinion and Judgment). On March 2, 2005, the court vacated its prior stay.
Neither Bar Counsel nor Tillerson has excepted to the Board's recommendation, and under these circumstances our deference to that recommendation is heightened. See In re Goldsborough, 654 A.2d 1285, 1288 (D.C. 1995). We have previously held that felony theft is a crime that involves moral turpitude per se. In re Patterson, 833 A.2d 493 (D.C. 2003) (per curiam). Accordingly, we adopt the recommendation of the Board, and George E. Tillerson, III, is hereby disbarred.