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Posted: 10/1/2001 2:28:19 PM EDT
This was on Everyone's Internet News Releases via the AP. It's long but worth the read.WASHINGTON (AP) [i] The Supreme Court opened its new term Monday with a rebuke of former President Clinton, suspending him from practicing law before the justices. Clinton was among 18 lawyers nationwide who got the same discipline. The justices gave Clinton 40 days to say why he should not be permanently disbarred from practicing law before them. A Clinton lawyer said the former president would argue that high court disbarment would be inappropriate. Clinton was admitted to the Supreme Court bar in 1977 but has never argued a case there. Most lawyers admitted there never do, but the right to do so is considered an honor. The court did not explain its action, but Supreme Court disbarment often follows disbarment in lower courts. The court acted after it was notified by the Arkansas Supreme Court that Clinton's Arkansas law license was suspended for five years and he paid a $25,000 fine. On a somber note in the courtroom Monday, Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist began the 2001-2002 term by asking fellow justices and others in the packed room to remember the hijacking victims and their families, including chief Bush administration appellate lawyer Theodore Olson, whose wife was killed in the plane that hit the Pentagon. Olson removed his glasses and wiped his eyes several times as Rehnquist spoke. In the Clinton case, the court followed its standard rules, which include suspending him from practice in the court and giving him a chance to say why he should not be disbarred. Typically, the court issues a final disbarment order sometime after the 40 days elapse. Clinton agreed to an Arkansas fine and suspension Jan. 19, the day before he left office, as part of an agreement with Independent Counsel Robert Ray to end the Monica Lewinsky investigation. Ray had taken over the prosecution from Kenneth Starr. The agreement with Ray also satisfied the legal effort by the Arkansas Supreme Court Committee on Professional Conduct to disbar Clinton for giving misleading testimony in the Paula Jones sexual harassment case.......
Link Posted: 10/1/2001 2:29:15 PM EDT
(continued)"This suspension is simply a consequence of the voluntary settlement entered into last January with the Arkansas Bar," said Clinton lawyer David E. Kendall. "Pursuant to the Supreme Court's order, we will show cause why disbarment is not appropriate." Clinton is a native of Arkansas and was governor there before he was elected president in 1992. He moved to New York after he left office but has not applied to practice law there. Should Clinton apply, the Arkansas suspension would be honored, said Frank Ciervo, a spokesman for the New York State Bar Association. Rehnquist and the court he leads have dealt with several Clinton scandals. The justices, including the two chosen by Clinton, were unanimous in their 1997 ruling that Paula Jones could sue Clinton alleging sexual harassment. The following year Rehnquist drew grumbles from partisan Democrats when, acting alone, he rejected White House attempts to shield Secret Service agents and Clinton lawyers from having to testify in the Lewinsky investigation. Amid the loud partisanship of the Clinton impeachment hearings, Rehnquist won praise from Clinton's lawyers as judge to the Senate's jury. His own views, if any, on guilt or innocence were not apparent.[/i] YEEEEHAAAAWWWWWW!!!! Couldn't have happened to a better person. Klinton deserves the slap in the face by the SC! [beer]
Link Posted: 10/1/2001 2:43:12 PM EDT
Maybe "the Peoples Court" could use him.
Link Posted: 10/1/2001 2:44:17 PM EDT
It's pretty sad when even lawyers are held to higher standards then our Presidents... well, at least when they're Democrap Presidents [puke]
Link Posted: 10/1/2001 2:45:29 PM EDT
Who would want Klinton to represent them anyway?
Link Posted: 10/1/2001 2:45:36 PM EDT
any way to get him and shillery banned from the U.S.?
Link Posted: 10/1/2001 2:48:08 PM EDT
You gotta know what this is costing Clinton in terms of income! Since he's disbarred in Arkansas, he cannot become a member of the New York Bar, which means that New York law firms cannot employ him as a lawyer, which means that they can't put his name on their letterhead, which means that he can't be a 'rainmaker' for these law firms, which means that these firms can't pay him beaucoup dollars in salary and bonuses for new clients, etc. Which means I'm happy as Hell!!!! Eric The(ICanPracticeBeforeTheCourt-HeCan't!)Hun[>]:)]
Link Posted: 10/1/2001 4:24:20 PM EDT
Originally Posted By EricTheHun: You gotta know what this is costing Clinton in terms of income! Since he's disbarred in Arkansas, he cannot become a member of the New York Bar, which means that New York law firms cannot employ him as a lawyer, which means that they can't put his name on their letterhead, which means that he can't be a 'rainmaker' for these law firms, which means that these firms can't pay him beaucoup dollars in salary and bonuses for new clients, etc. Which means I'm happy as Hell!!!! Eric The(ICanPracticeBeforeTheCourt-HeCan't!)Hun[>]:)]
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Really? You can? Cool.
Link Posted: 10/1/2001 4:44:27 PM EDT
I just don't want it to be possible for him to be appointed as a judge.
Link Posted: 10/1/2001 4:56:32 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/1/2001 4:52:18 PM EDT by cc48510]
Like that matters. Half of the members of Florida's Supreme Court weren't lawyers. They were Lawton Chiles Cronies. He placed them in there when several old Democrats such as Grimes resigned in Decmber and under Buddy MacKay who took CHiles place after his death in December. they were all replaced by Chiles and Mackay rather than JEB Bush who if they'd stayed would have replaced them. Well, what did decades of Democrat Governors get Florida ? A Supreme Court that is no more competent than the average Palm Beach Voter. And on top of that is 100% Democrat Held.
Link Posted: 10/1/2001 7:06:08 PM EDT
At 100K a lecture I doubt he really cares if he can practice law again or not...anywhere.
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