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Thousands Of Calif. Attys In Trouble Over Fingerprints

Law360 (May 17, 2019, 6:19 PM EDT) -- Over 6,200 attorneys in California face escalating penalties this month for missing a deadline to submit new fingerprints to the State Bar in an unpopular push to discover attorneys convicted of crimes.

The California Supreme Court issued the re-fingerprinting mandate last year after the State Bar discovered that it had failed to maintain the prints that every lawyer had given over the last 30 years. The bar will share the fingerprints with the California Department of Justice, ensuring that attorneys who are arrested and convicted of crimes are on the State Bar’s radar.

Many attorneys in the state, however, have argued...

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