DC court disbars Manafort over criminal convictions

DC court disbars Manafort over criminal convictions
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Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortCohen released from federal prison to home confinement due to coronavirus concerns Advocates call on states to release more inmates amid pandemic Michael Cohen to be moved to home confinement due to coronavirus concerns: report MORE officially can no longer practice law in Washington, D.C., according to a Thursday court filing.

A panel of judges for the District of Columbia Court of Appeals found that Manafort’s criminal convictions for obstruction of justice through witness tampering and conspiracy to commit fraud were enough to disbar him in D.C.

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The judges wrote in the opinion that Manafort having committed crimes of “moral turpitude” was enough to disbar him in D.C. They retroactively applied the order to Feb. 28.

Manafort resigned from the Connecticut Bar earlier this year after the officials there began proceedings to block him from practicing law in the state. He also agreed to never seek readmission to the bar in the future, according to the Connecticut Law Tribune.

The onetime Trump campaign chairman is currently incarcerated in a minimum security prison in Pennsylvania. He was sentenced to 7 1/2 years in prison earlier this year and has served roughly 10 months of that sentence.

Manafort was convicted in a Virginia court last year on several foreign lobbying charges stemming from special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE's Russia investigation. He later pleaded guilty to a pair of conspiracy charges in D.C. court as part of a deal with prosecutors.