Illinois Law: “Dishonesty on a prospective attorney’s application to the bar constitutes a fraud upon a tribunal. Once the fraud is discovered, the attorney may face disciplinary sanctions including disbarment.”
Where might Barack Obama have committed fraud on his Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar application?
Item 2A: Have you ever been known by any other first, middle or last name?
Prior to 1991, Barack Hussein Obama was known as Barry Obama and as Barry Soetoro. Did he put this on his application?
Item 51: Do you have any outstanding parking violations?
Between Oct. 5, 1988 and Jan. 12, 1990, Barack Obama was cited 17 times for parking violations in Cambridge, MA. For nearly two decades those parking tickets went unpaid, until a representative of Obama’s settled all his outstanding debts with Cambridge’s Traffic, Parking and Transportation Department on Jan. 26, 2007.
In January 2007, the Obama campaign said the old parking tickets were not important. But the Illinois bar obviously considered them very important. In addition to the above, there is another item in the application that specifically mentions unpaid parking tickets.
Item 55: Do you understand that after your Character and Fitness Registration Application is filed, you will have a continuous reporting obligation and must notify the Board of Admissions of any changes or additions to the information provided in your application? This includes, but is not limited to, address changes, employment changes, criminal charges, disciplinary actions (educational, employment or other), and traffic violations, including any parking tickets that are not paid upon receipt.
It seems highly unlikely he owned up to these parking tickets on his application, since one would have expected the Illinois Board to require he pay them before he could be admitted to the bar, something he clearly did not do.
Item 44: Have you read and do you understand the Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct?
Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct [paraphrased for clarity only.]
RULE 8.1. Bar Admission and Disciplinary Matters: An applicant for admission to the bar shall not knowingly make a false statement.
RULE 8.4. A lawyer shall not commit a criminal act or engage in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation.
Item 53: Is there any additional information with respect to possible misconduct or lack of moral qualification or general fitness on your part that is not otherwise disclosed by your answers to questions in this application?
A page and a half of Barack Obama’s famous autobiography, Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance, covers his use of illegal substances (marijuana and cocaine) while he was enrolled at Occidental College. Did he put this on his application?
The Meat of the Thing
On March 13, 2007, a request was filed with the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission asking the application to the bar that Barack Obama had filed in 1991 be examined in light of information that had recently been made public.
Barack Obama suddenly decided to voluntarily surrender his law license.
If the ARDC investigates a licensed lawyer, the proceedings become public record. but the ARDC won’t punish or publicize findings against a lawyer who voluntarily resigns.
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The Obama campaign said his early retirement was due to his political career.
But … he was elected to his first political office (Illinois State Senate) in 1996 and to his second (U.S. Senate) in 2004.
He did not resign his license to practice law until AFTER a complaint had been filed with the ARDC.
In addition, there is abundant proof that many career politicians, including Presidents Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton, kept their law licenses current throughout their long political careers.
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