An attorney who raided his trust account for personal use deserves disbarment, despite his claim that his judgment was clouded by depression and attention-deficit disorder, the Disciplinary Review Board of the Supreme Court of New Jersey says.

Leonard Needle, a Fair Haven, N.J., solo, admitted writing himself a dozen trust account checks and committing other misfeasance, but he said depression and attention deficit disorder “rendered him confused and unable to focus, causing him to form a reasonable belief that he was entitled to the funds.”

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