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In re Clarkin

New Jersey Supreme Court


Decided: June 30, 1961.

IN THE MATTER OF JAMES E. CLARKIN, A COUNSELLOR AT LAW OF NEW JERSEY

On order to show cause why respondent should not be disciplined.

For disbarment -- Chief Justice Weintraub, and Justices Jacobs, Francis, Proctor, Hall, Schettino and Haneman. Opposed -- None.

Per Curiam

[35 NJ Page 197] Respondent was entrusted with $300 to be used to settle a claim against his client. He converted the moneys to his own use. This misconduct would not ordinarily lead to disbarment, but further circumstances permit no other course. At the oral argument respondent's statements disclosed an inability to appreciate the wrongfulness of his act. Further, he represented to us that a certified check to reimburse the client was at that very moment being hand-delivered to the client's present attorney. We were later informed the representation was not fulfilled.

[35 NJ Page 198]

Upon our direction, the Ethics Committee advised respondent to file an affidavit by a fixed date if he disputed the fact of non-repayment. No affidavit was filed

The respondent's name will be stricken from the rolls.

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