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KY: RSO Registered sex offender wants permission to practice law [UPDATED]

UPDATE: Kentucky court rejects sex-offender bar exam (3/20/2014)

The Kentucky Supreme Court has turned away a request from a convicted sex offender to reconsider his bid to take the bar exam and become a practicing lawyer. The seven justices on Thursday unanimously rejected a rehearing in the case. Full Article

A University of Kentucky law school graduate who finished in the top third of his class is asking the state Supreme Court to reconsider its decision barring him from taking the bar exam because he’s on the state sex-offender registry.

The court ruled unanimously in December that ____ ____ ____ can’t apply to take the test until he goes off the registry in 2027 — when he’s 44 years old — because he is listed for possession of child pornography, which the court described as one the most “iniquitous of crimes.”

The justices said it would put the “character and integrity of the bar itself” at risk if ____ ____ relapsed — or even if a client discovered he’s on the registry. Full Article

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  1. Q

    The state Supreme Court of Kentucky is it’s self iniquitous for supporting the trash laws they seem to hold in such high regard. It is they who are unfit to serve in their chosen capacity. The proof is overwhelming that these junk laws do not come close to doing what they are supposed to do. They protect no one and have zero effect on crime reduction, the proof is undeniable, yet they willingly deny the proof. It is they that children need protection from.

  2. Robert Curtis

    This restriction is another form of punitive measures enacted ex-post facto. Well the positive side of this is this young man’s legal training can bring more fight to the cause of ending this thing (the sex offender registry). TRUTH

  3. AS

    Lets see; We have to make a decision on this student’s request and we should appear to sound intelligent and scholarly so let’s use a big word most people don’t use regularly. How-a-bout “iniquitous”? Yep! that oughta do it (smile).

    • Tim

      Iniquitous. Moral turpitude. Lewd. Lascivious. Heinous.
      Odious, I say, that these words are still used in the legal system, after they have been nearly abandoned in modern speech. They come from the 14th and 15 centuries, when witches and people who stole chickens were burned at the stake, branded, banished.
      They presume to have authority, because the average person doesn’t know what they mean. As in that dark past, they are used today to brand individuals with a defining and absolute moral judgment of character. It’s plain draconian.

  4. Q

    iniquitous;

    adjective;

    The definition of iniquitous is morally wrong or grossly unfair.
    A plan to steal from the church collection plate is an example of something that would be described as iniquitous.

    • AS

      Right you are! If this gentleman was amoral he wouldn’t be as honest and as forthright as he is.
      He certainly is a person with issues who has addressed them and deserves to move forward, regardless of backward thinking legislation which hinders too many registrants.

      Amoral individuals are, among other things, notorious liars.

      And grossly unfair doesn’t seem to fit him at all except to explain his treatment by the Character and Fitness committee.

      • Q

        Amoral individuals also refuse to acknowledge the truth. Likewise for amoral lawmakers and the amoral laws they come up with to make themselves look good to the largely amoral population.

  5. Tired of hiding

    He earned the degree and was awarded the degree because he could demonstrate an understanding of the law. He should be able to practice law – period. The practice of law has very little to do with right and wrong or morality in general. Most laws are not in place for any reason that anyone who knows the law can not use.

    The vast majority of lawyers are certainly not practicing the law because they have a higher moral character but actually usually it is quite the opposite. A conviction should actually be a benefit for a person to practice law. Most lawyer are criminals who have simply not been caught.

  6. Joe

    I do not mean to be a wet blanket here, but are there not a whole list of criminal convictions that would prohibit one from practicing law? As absurd as I think it is to keep this guy from getting a law license, I would think there are many many others with non sex convictions in this boat, and it is possible that he is not being picked on.

    There was, on this site, a recent decision by the CA Supreme Court to disbar an active attorney from Orange County – who had been practicing for years – for the same thing.

    It is ironic, that this profession often viewed as slimy and borderline unethical is held to this highest moral standard.

    • AS

      “are there not a whole list of criminal convictions that would prohibit one from practicing law?”

      Yes but, none of the rest have to wait until they’re off the registry.
      “The justices said it would put the “character and integrity of the bar itself” at risk if ____ ____ relapsed — or even if a client discovered he’s on the registry.”
      Therefore I can only conclude that they really don’t see him as currently iniquitous but rather as a social threat to their own reputation.

    • Q

      Hi Joe:

      Good point!

  7. Craig

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – An Arkansas doctor convicted of possessing child pornography 13 years ago is suing the state over a new law that bars giving Medicaid money to convicted sex offenders.

    Dr. …… filed a lawsuit in federal court on Friday and asked a judge to block enforcement of the new restriction, which took effect Aug. 16. The law prohibits any registered sex offender from providing Medicaid services in the state.

    This man paid for his crime, was still allowed his medical license, now they want to take his money.

    So some states allow you to be a doctor but you cannot be a lawyer, this country is so screwed up,, there are no second chances in America unless you are the lawmakers.

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