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In the Matter of John B. Blank

State of New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division Third Judicial Department


November 15, 2012

IN THE MATTER OF JOHN B. BLANK, AN ATTORNEY. COMMITTEE ON PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS, PETITIONER; JOHN B. BLANK, RESPONDENT.

Per curiam.

MEMORANDUM AND ORDER

(Attorney Registration No.4531760)

Calendar Date: October 15, 2012

Before: Peters, P.J., Spain, Stein, McCarthy and Egan Jr., JJ.

Respondent was admitted to practice by this Court in 2007. He maintained an office for the practice of law in Connecticut, where he was admitted to the bar in 1974.

On December 7, 2011 in the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut, respondent entered a guilty plea to one count of making and subscribing a false tax return in violation of 26 USC § 7206 (1). Petitioner now moves for a final order of discipline pursuant to Judiciary Law § 90 (4) (g) based upon respondent's conviction and sentence for a serious crime.

In response thereto, respondent has tendered his resignation by affidavit dated September 20, 2012, in substantial compliance with the rules of this Court (see 22 NYCRR 806.8).

We accept respondent's disciplinary resignation, which petitioner advises it does not oppose, and, in accordance with our rules, order his disbarrment from the practice of law (see 22 NYCRR 806.8 [b]). Petitioner's motion is therefore denied.

Peters, P.J., Spain, Stein, McCarthy and Egan Jr., JJ., concur.

ORDERED that respondent's resignation application is accepted; and it is further

ORDERED that petitioner's motion is denied; and it is further

ORDERED that respondent is disbarred and his name is stricken from the roll of attorneys and counselors-at-law of the State of New York, effective immediately; and it is further

ORDERED that respondent is commanded to desist and refrain from the practice of law in any form, either as principal or as agent, clerk or employee of another; and respondent is hereby forbidden to appear as an attorney or counselor-at-law before any court, judge, justice, board, commission or other public authority, or to give to another an opinion as to the law or its application, or any advice in relation thereto; and it is further

ORDERED that respondent shall comply with the provisions of this Court's rules regulating the conduct of disbarred attorneys (see 22 NYCRR 806.9).

ENTER:

Robert D. Mayberger Clerk of the Court

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