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Disciplinary Reporter Case Digest

Attorney ID 52644
Attorney Name Vedder, Wentworth D.
DBP Docket No. 161 DB 2007
Supreme Court Docket No. 1337 DD No. 3
County Philadelphia
Disciplinary Counsel Richard Hernandez
Counsel for Respondent none
Decision Date 2008-03-26
Effective Date 2008-03-26
Case Digest Respondent, who was court-appointed to represent Mr. Gary Jackson, was successful in having the PCRA court reinstate Mr. Jacksonís direct appeal rights, nunc pro tunc. However, Respondent failed to file an appeal with the Superior Court of Pennsylvania on Mr. Jacksonís behalf. Respondent also failed to respond to Mr. Jacksonís letters and to advise Mr. Jackson that Respondent had failed to file an appeal with the Superior Court of Pennsylvania. Mitigating factors in determining the discipline to impose were Respondentís cooperation, remorse, and acknowledgment of wrongdoing. An aggravating factor was Respondentís record of discipline, consisting of two informal admonitions and a private reprimand. A three-member panel of the Disciplinary Board unanimously approved a Joint Petition in Support of Discipline on Consent, in which Respondent consented to a Public Censure. On March 26, 2008, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court approved the Joint Petition in Support of Discipline on Consent.
Rule Violation(s) RPC 1.3, RPC 1.4(a)(3), RPC 1.4(a)(4), and RPC 8.4(d).
Discipline Imposed Public Censure
Points of Law
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