Duped Lawyer Deserves Lesser Penalty, Court Says

A lawyer was duped when he recommended bar admission for a man who falsely claimed to have a California law license, according to Massachusetts’ highest court.

Former prosecutor Evan M. Slavitt thought the man he was recommending had obtained a California law license after falsely claiming to be a lawyer there. As a result, Slavitt should be suspended for two months rather than one year, according to the decision reported in the Boston Globe.

The opinion, released yesterday by the Supreme Judicial Court, noted that the unlicensed lawyer had been hired by a law firm and was doing legal work for a bank.

Slavitt ran for attorney general as a Republican in 2002.

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