On Monday, January 30, 2023, the Board on Professional Responsibility of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals issued its Report and Recommendation concerning attorney Marlon G. Meade’s criminal conviction.
The case is styled In the Matter of Marlon G. Meade filed by the Disciplinary Counsel, case no. 2022-D150.
Meade pled guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud, and monetary transactions in criminally derived property on October 1, 2021. Thereafter, a copy of the Judgment in a Criminal Case was filed by the Disciplinary Counsel on October 6, 2021, and as a result, the Court of Appeals suspended Meade and directed the Board to determine whether any of Meade’s offenses involve moral turpitude.
The filing states:
“On November 28, 2022, Disciplinary Counsel filed a statement with the Board recommending Respondent’s disbarment because Respondent pled guilty to crimes involving moral turpitude per se.”
The filing continues:
“Respondent requested an extension of time to respond to Disciplinary Counsel’s statement, and that the Board compensate his counsel based on financial hardship. Respondent’s motion for an extension of time was granted, and his brief was due on January 17, 2023. His motion for compensation of counsel was denied. Despite the extension, Respondent did not file a brief, or otherwise respond to Disciplinary Counsel’s statement.”
The Board, after considering disciplinary cases identical to Meade’s circumstances, held that Mead’s criminal conviction involve moral turpitude pursuant to D.C. Code § 11-2503(a), which requires:
The disbarment of a member of the District of Columbia Bar convicted of a crime of moral turpitude. Once the Court has determined that a particular crime involves moral turpitude per se, disbarment must be imposed.
Accordingly, the Board recommended to the Court the disbarment of Meade.
Mr. Marlon G. Meade has been licensed in the District of Columbia.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.