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High court suspends former state official's law license

Written by The Associated Press | Oct 3, 2013 9:05 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- Don Bailey, a former Pennsylvania auditor general and congressman, has lost his law license for five years.

The state Supreme Court ordered the suspension Wednesday as recommended by the court's disciplinary board. The panel says Bailey violated the rules of professional conduct by making false statements critical of several federal judges in Pennsylvania.

In a separate 2009 case, the Harrisburg lawyer was ordered to pay nearly $50,000 in fees and costs for making unfounded claims of judicial misconduct in a case. The 68-year-old Bailey, a Vietnam War veteran, served as Pennsylvania's elected auditor general from 1985 to 1989.

He also served two terms as the congressman of a western Pennsylvania district from 1979 to 1983. Bailey did not immediately return a telephone message seeking comment.

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