Three Attorneys Convicted of Felonies Are Disbarred
Three attorneys have been disbarred by the Appellate Division, Second Department, for their felony convictions, including one lawyer who was convicted of drunken driving but never notified the court as required by law.
Former attorneys Gary DeWeese, Lynn H. Smith and Jarrett Haber were disbarred under the Feb. 19 rulings by the appeals panels.
DeWeese was convicted in Westchester County Supreme Court in 2009 of driving while intoxicated, his second DWI-related conviction within eight years. But the Second Department noted DeWeese failed to alert Appellate Division officials as required by Judiciary Law §90(4)(c).
Smith pleaded guilty to third-degree grand larceny in Nassau County Court in February 2013 for her role in a scheme involving her aunt, former Queens state senator Shirley Huntley. Authorities said Huntley funneled nearly $30,000 in taxpayer funds to Smith and a Huntley aide through a sham not-for-profit organization (NYLJ, Feb. 14, 2013).
Haber was convicted in Brooklyn Supreme Court of 13 felonies, including grand larceny and money laundering, in connection with schemes that authorities said defrauded victims of more than $5.3 million. Much of the money passed through Haber's escrow accounts while being stolen, according to the Second Department.
Smith and Haber were disbarred in rulings by panels consisting of Presiding Justice Randall Eng and Justices William Mastro, Reinaldo Rivera, Peter Skelos and Mark Dillon. DeWeese was disbarred in a ruling by Eng, Mastro, Rivera, Skelos and Justice Thomas Dickerson.