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March 13th, 2007

Which New York Felons Can Practice Law?

New York Sets a High Bar for Convicted Felon, read the headline in a WSJ Law Blog posting last week by Peter Lattman. It centers on the 12-year campaign by a twice-convicted felon to practice law in New York after a small matter of attempted murder. He has been denied admission nine times. The posting received dozens of comments.

Now here is the interesting part, not noted in the column or the comments. If this felon is not allowed to practice, what are the ramifications for former Chief Judge Sol Wachtler, who had been convicted and served time for blackmail and extortion? He was recently in the papers for having received preliminary approval for getting his license back (Sol Wachtler Getting Law License Back?).

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