But wouldn’t you know it, now I belatedly hear about an elderly ex-lawyer – – – not of the retired variety but of the disbarred kind, who last year was still practicing law even though his ticket got punched in September 2005. His name is Bertram Brown. And his suspension was followed by disbarment in April 2006. Brown’s crime? He was caught stealing from his clients. But did disbarment faze Brown? Did it stop Brown? Well, no.
Save him from himself.
Talk about a stubborn old cuss but the now 82 year old Bertram Brown, first licensed in 1954 in New York just can’t stop himself or else he just can’t get out of his own way. Fortunately, the law finally caught up to him once and for all a year ago this month. See NY Post.
But then, maybe, someone ought to check up on Brown. After all, his lawyer did tell the newspaper that his client “wants to continue being a lawyer. He won’t give it up.”
Last January, Brown surrendered to Brooklyn, NY prosecutors when he was caught using an assumed name to represent a client in a housing court case. If he’s caught again, the prosecutors don’t want to know what Brown can do for you, instead, they say what they’ll do for Brown, is a felony charge.
Just lose your briefs.
How does that old joke go? Old lawyers never die, they just lose their briefs (or appeal). Well, because he’s such a bad guy, Bertram Brown has now lost more than his briefs and appeal. He’s lost his license and he’ll lose his freedom if he doesn’t stop himself.
So for the public’s sake, let’s hope someone’s keeping tabs on Brown. Moreover, it could be there’s something else going on upstairs with him. It’s a case that that in its own crazy way, reminds me of that zany fictional movie character Stanley Ipkiss who says in, The Mask, “Hooooo, Somebody stop me!”