HBK wrote:Also, googling "Robert Triffin" only brings up stuff about an economist.
It was only googling "Robert Triffin" character and fitness that brought anything up. That was one article by the National Conference of Bar Examiners. The article is located here: --LinkRemoved--.
This would be a good article for the OP to read. Triffin had committed civil fraud and practiced as an unlicensed attorney. He hadn't paid his debts or judgements, and had made no effort to do so. He was more than a hot check writer.
Here is an actual reported decision from the NJ Supreme Court on Mr. Triffin's bar admission application:
http://www.romingerlegal.com/new_jersey ... 7.opn.html
HBK: I think it was Mr. Triffin's latter actions that have prevented him from gaining admission to the bar (i.e., lack of remorse or rehabilitation). However, it was the civil fraud and check-kiting that kept him out in the first place. There is a pecking order of crimes when it comes to C&F. A murder conviction will keep you out no matter how rehabilitated you are. Crimes involving theft and dishonesty are actually worse than sex crime convictions. I actually know an attorney who was convicted of "endangering the welfare of a minor" which is a euphemism for child molestation who was admitted. However, to this day, I have yet to see an attorney convicted of theft admitted immediately after passing the bar. The theft conviction will remain a hurdle and some judges (that may sit on the C&F committee) believe that once a thief, always a thief. IMO, investing 3 years in law school, taking out enormous loans and with the odds against you that you will not be admitted to the bar is reckless. In fact, being indebted with non-dischargeable student loans with no employment prospects is the type of situation that galvanizes desperate folks to commit bad things, such as theft.