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Sukhbir Singh Bedi can’t catch a break. After failing the D.C. Bar exam 12 times, he finally passed in 1999, but the D.C. Court of Appeals last week denied his admission as an attorney because Bedi cheated on a 1996 exam, which he still failed anyway. Bedi, who also failed the Virginia Bar test six times, falsely claimed during several D.C. Bar exams he had dyslexia, which was based on a diagnosis from his father-in-law, and that he needed special testing accommodations. Bedi cheated during a February 1996 exam by leaving for the bathroom, where exam proctors caught him “reading from notes in the men’s room before destroying them and flushing them in the toilet,” the appellate opinion stated. Bedi, who used a pair of scissors to cut up the notes before flushing them, offered a variety of explanations. He claimed he was taking medication for his dyslexia, but he had no medicine bottle. He later claimed he was using the scissors to cut a bad nail, or he was opening a Pepcid packet with a Swiss Army knife. Bedi was previously accused of cheating on Bar exams that he failed in 1990 and 1992, but the D.C. Bar’s Committee on Admissions dismissed those charges. The Court of Appeals, which took more than three years to issue its opinion, agreed with the Florida Supreme Court that “cheating on the Bar exam is a particularly egregious act of dishonesty which cannot be easily excused.” Bedi could not be reached for comment.
Brendan Smith can be contacted at [email protected].

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