Backing off from a two-decade-old policy of suspending attorneys convicted of possessing cocaine, the New Jersey Supreme Court has decided a censure is the right discipline for a lawyer who was a model case of rehabilitation. The court took one step further a Disciplinary Review Board recommendation of a "suspended" three-month suspension for the lawyer, solo Anthony Filomeno, in view of his demonstrated remorse, rehabilitation and early release from a year-long pretrial intervention program.
N.J. Supreme Court Softens Stance on Suspension of Lawyers for Cocaine Possession
New Jersey Law Journal
May 17, 2007