In 2012, a three-judge panel said no, followed by a unanimous decision by the Connecticut Supreme Court rejecting Joe Ganim’s application to regain a law license stripped following his 2003 conviction on federal corruption charges.
The three-judge panel cited his lack of remorse in rejecting his request nearly a decade ago.
Those court decisions hurt his professional income potential. Who’d pay him a package north of $150K? Not many. Without a law license, what to do? Hey, I’ll run for mayor again.
Political pragmatism kicked in, his first public apology coming New Year’s Day 2015 in the church of State Rep. Charlie Stallworth, a city minister. Ganim ran largely on a second-chance message.
Ganim defeated incumbent Bill Finch in a tight primary on his way to a convincing general election victory and reelection in 2019.
The court calendar allows him to reapply for his law license.
CT Post reporter Dan Tepfer has more:
In the paperwork, Ganim states he intends to practice general law “with a concentration on pro bono representation of indigent individuals and families.”
… In his latest application for reinstatement, Ganim states he is no longer the subject of any pending disciplinary proceedings or investigations; fully complied with all the conditions of his criminal sentence; in August took and passed the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination and paid all fees associated with reinstatement.
In 2020, the city had hired a lawyer for Ganim, then-Chief Armando Perez and David Dunn, then-personnel director, during an FBI probe that later led to the arrest of both Perez and Dunn. The two were accused of rigging the police chief search that led to Perez’s promotion to the chief job. Ganim has not been charged.
The process for reinstatement is generally lengthy with the application first going to the state’s Office of the Chief Disciplinary Counsel for investigation, then to a panel of local lawyers for recommendation and then finally to a three-judge panel for the final decision.
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