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A. GAIL PRUDENTI, P.J., REINALDO E. RIVERA, ROBERT A. SPOLZINO, PETER B. SKELOS & ARIEL E. BELEN, JJ.
DISCIPLINARY proceeding instituted by the Grievance Committee for the Tenth Judicial District. By decision and order on application of this Court dated December 5, 2007, the Grievance Committee for the Tenth Judicial District was authorized to institute and prosecute a second disciplinary proceeding against the respondent based on his conviction of the serious crime of attempted criminal possession of a forged instrument in the third degree and the issues raised were referred to Peter T. Affatato, as Special Referee, to hear and report. By opinion and order of this Court dated September 6, 2005, the respondent was suspended from the practice of law for one year, commencing October 7, 2005, based on charges that he failed to return client funds despite numerous requests and failed to cooperate with the investigation by the Grievance Committee for the Tenth Judicial District of the underlying complaint. He has not applied for reinstatement. The respondent was admitted to the Bar at a term of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court in the Second Judicial Department on December 14, 1955. He has now submitted an affidavit of resignation dated October 19, 2008.
The respondent avers that his resignation is submitted voluntarily, free from coercion and duress, after review with his attorney, and with a full awareness of the implications of its submission. He acknowledges that he is currently the subject of a pending disciplinary proceeding and has been served with a petition containing three charges of professional misconduct emanating from his criminal conviction. The respondent admits that he initially was charged with presenting a forged attorney secure pass in attempting entry into the Nassau County District Court while under suspension. He pleaded guilty under a negotiated plea agreement to attempted criminal possession of a forged instrument in the County Court, Nassau County.
The respondent acknowledges his inability to successfully defend himself on the merits against such charges. He is aware that the Appellate Division, in any order permitting him to resign, could require him to make monetary restitution to any person whose money or property was misappropriated or misapplied or to reimburse the Lawyers' Fund for Client Protection for same. The respondent is further aware that any order issued pursuant to Judiciary Law § 90(6-a) could be entered as a civil judgment against him and he specifically waives the opportunity afforded him by Judiciary Law § 90(6-a)(f) to be heard in opposition thereto.
The Grievance Committee for the Tenth Judicial District supports acceptance of the proffered resignation as in the best interests of the public. It is the most expeditious way to conclude this matter in order to save the Court's time and expense while protecting the public.
Inasmuch as the respondent's resignation is in full compliance with the Court Rules, it is accepted and, effective immediately, the respondent is disbarred and his name is stricken from the roll of attorneys and counselors-at-law. The pending disciplinary proceeding authorized by this Court's decision and order dated December 5, 2007, is discontinued in light of the respondent's resignation.
PRUDENTI, P.J., RIVERA, SPOLZINO, SKELOS and BELEN, JJ., concur.
ORDERED that the resignation of Edward Marvin Cohen is accepted and directed to be filed; and it is further,
ORDERED that pursuant to Judiciary Law § 90, effective immediately, Edward Marvin Cohen is disbarred and his name is stricken from the roll of attorneys and counselors-at-law; and it is further,
ORDERED that Edward Marvin Cohen shall continue to comply with this Court's rules governing the conduct of disbarred, suspended, and resigned attorneys (see 22 NYCRR § 691.10); and it is further,
ORDERED that pursuant to Judiciary Law § 90, effective immediately, Edward Marvin Cohen is commanded to continue to desist and refrain from (l) practicing law in any form, either as principal or as agent, clerk, or employee of another, (2) appearing as an attorney or counselor-at-law before any court, Judge, Justice, board, commission, or other public authority, (3) giving to another an opinion as to the law or its application or any advice ...