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Pa. lawyer Dorsett disbarred at his own request

April 29, 1999|By DON AINES

HARRISBURG, Pa. - A Waynesboro, Pa., attorney charged with hindering the apprehension of a former client has asked to be disbarred.

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Todd A. Dorsett will be unable to practice law in Pennsylvania for at least five years, according to the Pennsylvania State Supreme Court Disciplinary Board. Nanette Dowell, a secretary for the disciplinary board, said Dorsett requested to be disbarred on consent.

Dowell said any details or conditions of the disbarment are confidential because there is no disciplinary action required by the board. She said the disbarment takes effect on May 21, 30 days after the board issued its order.

She said it will be five years before Dorsett can apply to the board for reinstatement. She said the reinstatement process typically takes up to a year.

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Dorsett could not be reached for comment Thursday. His attorney, Gregory L. Lensbower, said he could not comment on the disbarment.

Dorsett, 38, of 128 W. Main St., was charged by Pennsylvania State Police in November with hindering the apprehension of Jacob G. Shaff V, 26, who was wanted on a state parole violation and a Franklin County bench warrant.

Shaff, who is still missing, was wanted for failing to complete an alcohol treatment program and for missing a support hearing in county court.

Shaff, who at one time listed his address as Dorsett's home, was last seen there with the attorney on Nov. 9. Dorsett also dropped out of sight, but was found Dec. 10 in a Troy, Ohio, motel.

Because Dorsett had been a conflict attorney under contract with the county at the time he disappeared, the Franklin County District Attorney's Office asked that the case be transferred to the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office.

Dorsett waived a preliminary hearing in the case. Although he did not appear in court, Dorsett last week waived mandatory arraignment in county court and pleaded not guilty.

Lensbower said he did not know the date of Dorsett's next court appearance.

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