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Ex-Lawyer Can't Evade Disbarment Over $20M Fraud

Law360 (January 13, 2011, 7:25 PM EST) -- A former Washington attorney convicted in a scheme to sell $20 million in fraudulent municipal bonds has lost a fight in the state’s high court to keep from being disbarred.

The Washington Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the Washington State Bar Association’s decision to boot J. David Smith, ruling that the association’s disciplinary board didn’t violate his due process rights during the disbarment proceedings.

A nine-justice panel led by Justice James Johnson wrote that Smith, who pled guilty and was convicted on one count of conspiracy...
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