NY Atty Suspended 18 Months For Faking Judge's Signature

By Rick Archer (October 8, 2021, 3:59 PM EDT) -- A New York lawyer who forged the signature of a chief bankruptcy judge on a document she sent to a client has been suspended for 18 months by a state court, saying the penalty was mitigated by the "unique" facts of the case, including the fact no one gained from the forgery.

The New York Supreme Court Appellate Division panel said in a ruling issued Thursday that while it agreed with bankruptcy and federal district court findings that Irene Costello's signing Southern District of New York Chief Bankruptcy Judge Cecelia Morris' name on a fake restraining order was serious misconduct, it...

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