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Mar 14, 2012 10:14 AM by AP

Law license of disgraced judge's lawyer suspended

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A New Orleans bankruptcy attorney who represented a former federal judge removed by Congress has been suspended from practicing law in Louisiana for 30 days.

Tuesday's order by the Louisiana Supreme Court stems from allegations that Claude Lightfoot Jr. advised then-U.S. District Judge Thomas Porteous and his wife to file a bankruptcy petition using a false or fictitious name to prevent the proceedings from being publicly disclosed.

The Senate convicted Porteous on four articles of impeachment in 2010. House prosecutors said gambling and drinking problems led Porteous to begin accepting cash and other favors from attorneys and bail bondsmen with business before his court.

Lightfoot wasn't charged with any crime related to the Porteous bankruptcy proceeding.

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