Lawyer Disbarred After Weapon Possession Plea

, New York Law Journal


An attorney who admitted to having a loaded submachine gun in the trunk of his car has been disbarred by a Brooklyn appellate court in light of his felony conviction.

This content has been archived. It is available exclusively through our partner LexisNexis®.

To view this content, please continue to Lexis Advance®.

Continue to Lexis Advance®

Not a Lexis Advance® Subscriber? Subscribe Now

Why am I seeing this?

LexisNexis® is now the exclusive third party online distributor of the broad collection of current and archived versions of ALM's legal news publications. LexisNexis® customers will be able to access and use ALM's content by subscribing to the LexisNexis® services via Lexis Advance®. This includes content from the National Law Journal®, The American Lawyer®, Law Technology News®, The New York Law Journal® and Corporate Counsel®, as well as ALM's other newspapers, directories, legal treatises, published and unpublished court opinions, and other sources of legal information.

ALM's content plays a significant role in your work and research, and now through this alliance LexisNexis® will bring you access to an even more comprehensive collection of legal content.

For questions call 1-877-256-2472 or contact us at

What's being said

  • Grifhunter

    Ok this is plain awful. In NY, for some stupid reason, merely having ammunition in a magazine OUTSIDE the gun is considered loaded. There is no evidence their was a round in a chamber ready to fire as the article tries to insinuate.

    Further, a submachine gun is a fully automatic weapon that is controlled under federal licensing and is not per se illegal in most of the country. This lawyer‘s gun was never identified as or charged as a fully automatic and thus, we have further erroneous reporting to scare the public. A semi automatic UZI (which is what he had) is operationally no different than any other rifle or pistol legal for hunting in the state. It kills no better, or no worse. It just looks scary to gun phobic urban dwellers.

    This poor slob was convicted merely for having a "loaded" gun in the limits of New York City. In every other county in the state and in every other state in the union, this is no more than a violation or at worse a misdemeanor. A substantial overcharge to make an example of a lawyer, no doubt.

    Finally, the 2nd Amendment protects the right to keep and BEAR arms. Bearing means to have with you and ready for self defense use. Who are you all to judge whether he "needs" this particular gun to protect himself? Did the victims of the Mumbai terrorist attack (in a city as big as NYC!) need a gun? Did the victims caught up in the LA riots have a use for an effective personal firearm before getting set upon by mobs?

    Lastly, as stated above, you‘ve walked, driven and waved at hundreds of your fellow citizens while they legally and discretely were armed with semi automatic personal firearms. The didn‘t shoot you, or bother you and you never even knew they had this gun with them. And yet the republic survived. Grow up, get used to the civil right and for God‘s sake, somebody pardon this poor bastard of an attorney.

  • Anon

    Mr. Edelstein is currently being detained as dangerous/incompetent to stand trial on new charges unrelated to the machine gun incident discussed above.

  • Andrew White

    To the previous commenter:
    Are you seriously suggesting a loophole for Mr. Edelstein to crawl through in order to circumvent the intent of the law? If you meant it as a joke, it‘s painfully un-funny. I‘m not surprised that you chose to post this comment anonymously.
    In all honesty, can you think of one good reason for an attorney who must be well into middle-age to be carrying a loaded weapon around our city that was designed for the specific purpose of killing as many people as possible in the shortest amount of time? In fact, the man‘s age and profession has nothing to do with it-- if he happened to be a janitor instead of a lawyer, would you give him advice on how to clear this offense from his record and carry on with his life as if nothing happened?

  • not available

    Mr.Edelstein should wait 6 months and file a 440 motion with a Suffolk County judge known as James Hudson. I am sure the judge can figure out a way to take jurisdiction from another judge in another county.

    Appellate Judge Skelos is very good about these things when the lawyer applies for re-instatement

Comments are not moderated. To report offensive comments, click here.

Preparing comment abuse report for Article #1202649600732

Thank you!

This article's comments will be reviewed.