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Mass. Lawyer Suspended for Using Client’s Handicapped Parking Permit

Posted Feb 23, 2010 9:40 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A Massachusetts lawyer has been suspended for a year and a day for using a client's handicapped parking permit in an effort to get more than a dozen parking tickets dismissed.

Lawyer Garrison Stuart Corben, 36, was accused of using the placard issued to the parents of a disabled girl and another placard issued to her dead uncle, the Salem News reports. When parking officials sought proof of Corben’s claim that he was driving the girl to appointments in his Mercedes, Corben faked two letters from her, bar officials claimed.

“Without being a bother, I would also be thankful if you could dismiss this ticket," said one of the letters claiming to be written by the girl.

Corben agreed to the license suspension, the story says. Corben had lived in the home of the girl’s mother and had represented her in some matters, the story says.

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