A disciplinary sanctions deal struck between the D.C. Office of Bar Counsel and a former Adelphia Communications Corp. executive over alleged moral turpitude has won the approval of the D.C. Court of Appeals.

In a case of first impression, the three-judge panel ruled today that the parties could agree to a one-year suspension of Michael Rigas’ law license without engaging in a fact-finding mission to determine whether he committed moral turpitude. The suspension applied retroactively and Rigas completed it in January 2007.

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