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OFFICE DISCIPLINARY COUNSEL v. ALFONSO A. TUMINI (12/14/82)

decided: December 14, 1982.

OFFICE OF DISCIPLINARY COUNSEL, PETITIONER,
v.
ALFONSO A. TUMINI, RESPONDENT



No. 332 Disciplinary Docket No. Disciplinary Board File No. 26 DB 81

COUNSEL

John W. Herron, Asst. Discipl. Counsel, Philadelphia, for petitioner.

John R. McConnell, Philadelphia, for respondent.

O'Brien, C.j., and Roberts, Nix, Larsen, Flaherty and Hutchinson, JJ. McDermott, J., did not participate in the consideration or decision of this case.

Author: O'brien

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OPINION OF THE COURT

The Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania [hereinafter cited as "Board"] recommended that respondent, Alfonso A. Tumini, be disbarred from the practice of law in the Commonwealth for violations of Disciplinary Rules 1-102(A)(3), (4), (5), (6), 1-103(A), and 7-102(A)(3) and (8).*fn1

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On May 5, 1981, a Petition for Discipline was filed against respondent by the Office of Disciplinary Counsel. Hearings were held before Hearing Committee 1.02 [hereinafter cited as "Committee"] on August 4 and 5, 1981, and on January 20, 1982, the Committee unanimously recommended that respondent be disbarred from the practice of law. Exceptions were filed to the recommendation of the Committee, and a three-member panel of the Board heard oral argument. On June 11, 1982, the Board issued its report and recommendation, which adopted the Committee's findings of fact and conclusions of law, and concurred in the Committee's recommendation that Respondent Tumini be disbarred from the practice of law.

Pursuant to Pa.R.D.E. 208(e)(2) we granted respondent's request for oral argument on July 6, 1982. Following argument on October 21, 1982, a thorough review of the record, and careful consideration of the arguments raised in respondent's brief, we conclude that disbarrment is the appropriate sanction in this matter.

The following facts are pertinent. Through his activities in The Order of Brotherly Love, a fraternal organization, respondent met Anthony D. Pirillo, a formerly admitted attorney who was then president of the organization. Pirillo became Tumini's closest friend and mentor, guiding him

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    through college and law school, and eventually hiring him to work in his law firm; first as a law clerk and later, in October, 1975, when Tumini was admitted to the bar, as an associate. In 1974 or 1975, Pirillo introduced Mr. Tumini to Augustine A. Salvitti, who was the Executive Director of Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority [hereinafter cited as "Authority"] at the time. In fact, at Pirillo's ...


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