The Disciplinary Review Board having filed a report with the Supreme Court recommending that MARK L. STANTON, of PISCATAWAY, who was admitted to the Bar of this State in 1960, be suspended from the practice of law for a period of six months, and good cause appearing;
It is ORDERED that the findings of the Disciplinary Review Board are hereby adopted and respondent is suspended for six months, effective June 15, 1988; and it is further
Ordered that the Decision and Recommendation of the Disciplinary Review Board, together with this order and the full record of the matter, be added as a permanent part of the file of said MARK L. STANTON as an attorney at law of the State of New Jersey; and it is further
Ordered that MARK L. STANTON 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 Administrative Guideline No. 23 of the Office of Attorney Ethics dealing with suspended attorneys; and it is further
Ordered that MARK L. STANTON reimburse the Ethics Financial Committee for appropriate administrative costs.
Report 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 on a Motion for Final Discipline Based Upon a Criminal Conviction filed by the Office of Attorney Ethics (OAE). This is based on respondent's guilty plea to a violation of N.J.S.A. 24:21-20(a)(1), possession of a controlled dangerous substance, cocaine.
On January 31, 1986, respondent visited Harrisa and Lawrence Pianka at their home in East Brunswick. He stated that his purpose was specifically to review with the Piankas a real estate contract for the sale of their home. Upon his arrival he accompanied the Piankas to an upstairs bedroom, where he saw cocaine. Respondent knew that based upon his relationship with the Piankas, he could have taken a small quantity for personal use. He "intended to use it." (PT10-3).*fn1 Before he could do so, however, police officers entered the home and respondent was arrested.
The police officers' entry into the Piankas' home resulted from a two and a half month investigation by the Narcotics Strike Force, which included surveillance of the traffic in and out of the home and a wiretap of the telephones ...