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Merrimack Valley

January 31, 2014

Disbarred lawyer sent to prison for 3 years

He begs for 'mercy' and apologizes to clients from whom he stole nearly $1M over 4 years

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In the fall of 2009, he also stole $450,000 from a Malden family in the fall of 2009 by taking the money intended for refinancing for their home and using it for his own personal use, authorities said previously.

Instead of speaking in court yesterday, some of Thompson’s victims issued personal letters to Tuttman, which she said she read before the 2 p.m. hearing.

In his defense, Thompson had numerous people speak on his behalf, including his mother and aunt, who said Thompson is part of a large family that immigrated to the United States from Jamaica. To his family, Thompson personified the American dream, as he worked hard, went to college, became a lawyer and mentored children, they said.

Attorney Douglas Martin, described Thompson, his friend, as a brilliant man who should have hired an accountant to help him with the books at his law firm. He said Thompson repeatedly expressed remorse to him over his actions. He said “Thompson was not worthy of jail time’ and asked Tuttman to assign him to a work release program where he could “use his brilliance” for good.

“This is a person who deserves a second chance,” said Martin, describing Thompson as “embarrassed and ashamed.”

When he addressed the court, Thompson said he “breached the sacred” trust he had with his clients as their attorney. He fell down a path of poor judgments lead by a variety of forces, including embarrassment, anxiety and fear of disappointing his family, he said.

Thompson said he was disbarred, lost his law practice, his possessions, was sued many times and ended up in jail. “I beg and plead for your mercy,” Thompson said to Tuttman.

Tuttman acknowledged that many people spoke in court on Thompson’s behalf. She suggested that support system will be beneficial to him as he serves his term and moves forward in his life.

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