On Friday, February 23, 2024, the Portland Press Herald reported that the Maine Board of Bar Overseers is seeking to disbar former gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler from practicing law in the state.

According to the article, Cutler appeared before the Maine Supreme Judicial Court along with representatives from the Board of Bar Overseers last week. Cutler did not contest the board’s recommendation that he be disbarred from legal practice in Maine.

The Board of Bar Overseers is a state entity that provides oversight of attorney conduct and discipline. It asked the high court to withdraw Cutler’s license to practice law in light of his criminal conviction.

Cutler, once a prominent attorney and policymaker in Maine and Washington D.C., had his legal career derailed in 2022 when he was arrested and charged with possession of child pornography after images were discovered on devices in his home. He ultimately pleaded guilty to four counts of possession of explicit material involving children under 12 years of age.

A Hancock County court sentenced Cutler to nine months in prison, though he was released two months early. He is also serving six years of probation and is required to register as a sex offender.

Given Cutler’s guilty plea and imprisonment stemming from serious criminal charges, the Board of Bar Overseers moved to ensure he could no longer represent clients or act in a legal advisory role in Maine.

The high court is expected to formally issue a ruling on the request to withdraw Cutler’s bar license within the next month. If approved, the disbarment would end the once-prominent 77-year-old’s legal career spanning five decades in the state.



Source: Portland Press Herald