U.S. Supreme Court Disbars Pennsylvania’s Don Bailey
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Controversial civil rights attorney Don Bailey was disbarred from practicing law by the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday. In December the U.S. Supreme Court had suspended Bailey from practicing law. Bailey had served as a U.S. Congressman for Pennsylvania from 1979 to 1983. He was also Pennsylvania's auditor general from 1985 to 1989. Earlier, last October, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court had suspended his law license.
The U.S. Supreme Court's order simply mentioned that Donald A. Bailey, of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, having been suspended from the practice of law in this Court by order of December 9, 2013; and a rule having been issued and served upon him requiring him to show cause why he should not be disbarred; and a response having been filed; "It is ordered that Donald A. Bailey is disbarred from the practice of law in this Court. Justice Alito took no part in the consideration or decision of this matter."
The story was first covered by pennlive.com which reported that Bailey often expressed publicly that the state judiciary was corrupt and one of the reasons for his law license being suspended in Pennsylvania was that the court found Bailey had falsely accused judges and displayed unprofessional conduct.
After Bailey accused judges in the U.S. Middle District Court of malfeasance the Pennsylvania state Supreme Court's Disciplinary Board found that his claims were unfounded. Even after the finding, Bailey repeated his claims in an interview with PennLive following his suspension.
Bailey maintains that he was denied a fair hearing and the order of disbarment only proves his theory of the nation having a corrupt court system, and that he now has much greater freedom of speech being no more bound by rules of professional conduct.
Bailey claims that powerful interests had a role to play in discrediting him.
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