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.
In December 2006, Eric Edelstein pleaded guilty before Acting Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Michael Obus (See Profile) to one count of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class D violent felony.
In his plea, Edelstein said he had the loaded firearm in his car, as well as rounds of live ammunition, during a July 2005 incident.
In March 2007, Edelstein received a six-month sentence, as well as five years of probation. The grievance committee said Edelstein failed to report the conviction despite requirements to do so.
In any event, the Appellate Division, Second Department Wednesday disbarred Edelstein due to the conviction.
Edelstein graduated from Boston University School of Law and was admitted to the bar in 1972.
Presiding Justice Randall Eng (See Profile) and Justices William Mastro (See Profile), Reinaldo Rivera (See Profile), Peter Skelos (See Profile) and John Leventhal (See Profile) decided Matter of Edelstein, 2013-07056.
Leslie Anderson appeared for the grievance committee.