11th Circ. Says Disbarred Atty's Debt Not Dischargeable

Law360, Los Angeles (September 17, 2013, 10:16 PM EDT) -- The Eleventh Circuit on Tuesday ruled that a disbarred Pennsylvania attorney who once choked a judge couldn't discharge the cost of the proceedings against him in his Chapter 7 bankruptcy because the $45,000 debt is considered a fine under state law.

The appellate court upheld a Florida federal judge's ruling that the debt was non-dischargeable, saying nearly every other court that has considered similar issues has decided that cost assessments in attorney disciplinary proceedings are viewed as penalties.

Allen Feingold, who represented himself before the appeals...
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