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Florida Board of Bar Examiners ex rel. MAR
Florida Supreme Court
755 So. 2d 89 (2000)
MAR (defendant) applied for admission to the state bar. Concerned that MAR did not meet the character-and-fitness requirement for bar admission, the Florida Board of Bar Examiners (the board) (plaintiff) held a hearing. The hearing established that MAR had (1) failed to pay at least $17,000 in court-ordered child-support payments over a period of several years; (2) written at least 40 bad checks in the previous five years, including one check the week before the hearing; (3) evaded or delayed paying his personal income taxes several times; (4) forged information on a notarized document; (5) provided false information on his law-school application to hide an arrest and DUI conviction; and (6) misrepresented to a creditor that he was a lawyer. MAR claimed that he had fixed some of the problems and had excuses that supposedly justified all his actions. MAR also had his mother and an attorney friend provide character references at the hearing. The board recommended denying MAR’s bar application. The Florida Supreme Court reviewed the board’s recommendation.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Per curiam)
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