January 27th, 2009

Disbarment, NY, 1940s

 Googled "admission to the bar", "criminal record", "law licence", "manslaughter" and "disbarment" (in combinations).

Scene: New York, 1943-44

Our subject is a lawyer who has (maybe*) shot his wife, and took pot shots at the closet, which turns out to contain her boyfriend (he fired into it on the assumption that if someone was in there he would have come out and begged for their lives, and gave him ample warning and opportunity to get out).

He beats the murder rap because she threatened to have his mother and other people killed, and has ordered murders and kidnappings before (she's a millionaire heiress), but one part I'm chewing over is the bloke in the closet.  For this he could well be done for manslaughter, and this hypothesis I am exploring (I worry about the messages I might send out if he walks on the lot).

If a licenced lawyer is convicted of manslaughter, would I be right in guessing that he would be disbarred and never re-admitted?

And while I am at it, I understand that in the 1940s there was the Crime of Passion defence - would he walk on the manslaughter charge too in this event?

Thanking you all in advance.

*trying to hinder a plot spoiler here.


EDIT: When I say he beats the murder rap because of her threats to kill, I perhaps should have added that she had abused him and instilled enough fear in him that he would believe she would actually do it - and it turns out she was going to do exactly that.

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travel involved in nonprofit jobs

Time: present
Place: U.S.
Google: I've read tons of job descriptions, looked at ASPCA websites, read blogs etc.

Hey everyone, I've never posted here before but read a lot & you are all awesome.

So, I have this story in which a woman needs to be travelling for work--her home base is around Austin, Texas, and I would like her to make it as far North as Wisconsin (at least temporarily--she could also have one big temp job she was hired specially to do), but that's flexible. Here's the thing: Is there a job within the ASPCA/animal shelter-related that would have her doing this? If not, could she be doing something, anything really somehow related to animal welfare that would require this kind of travel? She could totally be running something for a larger company rather than directly working with animals.

Alternately, if a shelter director gets promoted, where do you go from there? Do you?

Honestly, anything you can come up with would be great. Even if it isn't animal related but fits with the travel time/distance and is even vaguely non-profit related--lay it on me!