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Supreme Court Suspends Wrong Lawyer Over ‘Mistaken Identity’

By on May 31, 2017 in Administrative Law

When the Supreme Court suspended a prominent Massachusetts lawyer and threatened him with disbarment, it started a Boston legal drama that took two weeks to resolve, reports the Associated Press.

Reporter Mark Sherman writes that the confusion ended on Tuesday, when the court acknowledged it had the wrong guy in an order attributing its earlier action to “mistaken identity.”

The wrongly suspected lawyer was Christopher Patrick Sullivan, a partner with the Robins Kaplan firm in Boston and the incoming president of the Massachusetts Bar Association.

The court originally intended to react to a disciplinary notice from a New York State court concerning a Christopher P. Sullivan, who is in prison in Vermont, serving a sentence for drunken driving that resulted in the death of a 71-year-old woman in 2013.

Read the AP article.