In re Temple, 012317 GASC, S17Y0496
|Opinion Judge:||PER CURIAM.|
|Party Name:||IN THE MATTER OF JOANNA TEMPLE.|
|Case Date:||January 23, 2017|
|Court:||Supreme Court of Georgia|
Respondent Joanna Temple (State Bar No. 701805) filed the instant petition for voluntary surrender of license after this Court rejected her first two petitions for voluntary discipline, in which she sought, respectively, the imposition of a one-year suspension and the imposition of a four-year suspension as discipline for her admitted violations of Rules 1.2 (d) and 8.4 (a) (3) of the Georgia Rules of Professional Conduct found in Bar Rule 4-102 (d), see In the Matter of Temple, 299 Ga. 140 (786 S.E.2d 684) (2016) (rejecting one-year suspension); In the Matter of Temple, ___ Ga. ___ (___ S.E.2d ___) 2016 WL 6068212, at *2 (Oct. 17, 2016) (rejecting four-year suspension because "counseling a client to engage in fraudulent criminal conduct is precisely the type of attorney conduct that supports a greater sanction than that sought").
As in her earlier petitions, Temple, who became a member of the Georgia Bar in 1990, admits that on December 17, 2015, she was convicted in the Supreme Court of the State of New York of attempted criminal usury in the second degree, a misdemeanor; the conviction arose out of her role as counsel for payday lending companies, in which she advised them and their employees to intentionally violate New York's criminal usury laws; she knew that the companies named in the indictment with her made "payday loans" featuring an annual percentage rate of interest well over 25% to customers in New York County; and she took actions and made decisions to support them in doing so. Temple was sentenced to a conditional discharge for one year, subject to performing 250 hours of community service. Temple requests that this Court accept her petition for voluntary surrender of license...
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