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In re Rospond

January 23, 1981

IN THE MATTER OF ROBERT P. ROSPOND, AN ATTORNEY-AT-LAW

CORRECTED ORDER

The Disciplinary Review Board having filed a report with this Court recommending that ROBERT P. ROSPOND of Sparta be suspended from the practice of law for a period of two years, effective February 26, 1980, and respondent having appeared before this Court on January 13, 1981 in response to an order to show cause why disciplinary sanctions should not be imposed, and the Court having reviewed the record, and good cause appearing;

It is ORDERED that the report of the Disciplinary Review Board is hereby adopted and that ROBERT P. ROSPOND is suspended from the practice of law for a period of two years and until the further order of the Court, effective February 26, 1980; and it is further

ORDERED that no application for restoration to the practice of law will be favorably considered until respondent has reimbursed the Administrative Office of the Courts for the costs arising out of these proceedings; and it is further

Ordered that respondent be and hereby is restrained and enjoined from practicing law during the period of his suspension; and it is further

Ordered that respondent comply with all the regulations of the Disciplinary Review Board governing suspended, disbarred or resigned attorneys.

Decision and Recommendation of the Disciplinary Review Board

To the Honorable Chief Justice and Associate Justices of the Supreme Court of New Jersey:

This matter is before the Board based upon a presentment filed by the District X Ethics Committee. The presentment concerns respondent's guilty plea to an indictment charging him with false swearing. Upon a review of the full record the Board is satisfied that the conclusions of the Committee as to all matters are fully supported by clear and convincing evidence.

On November 14, 1979 respondent entered a guilty plea, in New Jersey Superior Court, to two counts of an indictment charging him with false swearing. On January 25, 1980 respondent was fined $3,000 by the Hon. Thomas DeMartin, J.S.C.

Specifically, respondent has admitted, both in his plea to the criminal charges and in his answer to the Ethics Committee complaint, to lying to a State Grand Jury. The Grand Jury was conducting a criminal investigation into the activities of one John Sliker in connection with allegations of obtaining money under false pretenses and conversion of corporate property. The investigation commenced following the filing of a criminal complaint against Sliker by respondent. Respondent and Sliker had been partners in a corporation which was in the business of selling used cars. The financing for the operation was provided

by respondent; Sliker ran the business on a daily basis. The criminal investigation of Sliker was initiated following respondent's discovery that Sliker had been using ...


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