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On Motion to Vacate Order of Disbarrment

Concurring opinion by Associate Judge Steadman at page 5.

Petitioner was disbarred from the practice of law in the District of Columbia following an unsuccessful appeal of his 1982 federal convictions for conspiracy, obstruction of justice, and unlawful travel in interstate commerce with intent to commit bribery. Under this court’s decisions, these crimes each involved moral turpitude, see In re Borders, 665 A.2d 1381, 1382 (D.C. 1995), requiring his disbarrment under D.C. Code � 11-2503 (a) (2001). *fn1 On January 20, 2001, President William J. Clinton granted petitioner a full and unconditional pardon. Petitioner now, rather than seek reinstatement via a petition filed with the Board on Professional Responsibility, see D.C. Bar R. XI, � 16 (d) (2001), asks the court to reinstate him automatically by virtue of the pardon, contending that “this Court must use its authority under D.C. Code � 11-2503 and modify or vacate Mr. Borders’s disbarrment by reinstating him to the D.C. Bar.” We deny the petition without prejudice to the filing of a proper petition for reinstatement before the Board, in which petitioner may urge the pardon as a consideration favoring reinstatement. We express no view at this time concerning the proper weight to be given the pardon in determining whether petitioner has proven his fitness for reinstatement.

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