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Disciplinary Reporter Case Digest

Attorney ID 64599
Attorney Name Seal, Daniel Joseph
DBP Docket No. 101 DB 2004
Supreme Court Docket No. 913 DD No. 3
County Delaware
Disciplinary Counsel Suzy S. Moore
Counsel for Respondent none
Decision Date 2010-07-08
Effective Date 2009-04-14
Case Digest This was a criminal conviction case. Respondent visited a co-defendant in jail and attempted to have the co-defendant agree to and perpetrate a false story to the government to gain sentencing favor for the co-defendant and Respondent’s client. Respondent was convicted of one count of conspiracy to tamper with a witness, in violation of 18 U.S.C. Section 371; and two counts of witness tampering and aiding and abetting, in violation of 18 U.S.C. Section 1512(b)(1) and (2).Respondent opposed a temporary suspension and the Supreme Court did not suspend him. The majority of the Hearing Committee recommended a five year suspension, retroactive to April 14, 2009, the date of the disciplinary hearing. The dissenting member recommended a five year suspension retroactive to August 7, 2007, the date of the first pre-hearing conference. ODC recommended disbarment or a lengthy suspension and no retroactivity. The Disciplinary Board recommended a five year suspension retroactive to April 14, 2009.
Rule Violation(s) RPCs 8.4(b) and 4.2; Pa.R.D.E. 203(b)(1), 214(i)
Discipline Imposed Suspension for five years retroactive to April 14, 2009 – the date of the disciplinary hearing.
Points of Law This case was unusual because the Supreme Court declined to place Respondent on a temporary suspension. Also, it is unusual to see retroactivity to the date of a disciplinary hearing.
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