BAILEY CHALLENGES FLORIDA BAR PETITION TO SUSPEND HIS LICENSE.
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F. Lee Bailey filed a motion from behind bars Friday, contesting the Florida Bar's attempt to suspend him from practicing law.
Bailey, whose practice is based in West Palm Beach, has been imprisoned im·pris·on
tr.v. im·pris·oned, im·pris·on·ing, im·pris·ons
To put in or as if in prison; confine.
[Middle English emprisonen, from Old French emprisoner : en- since March 7 on a six-month contempt sentence for failure to hand over $25 million in stock from a former client.
In the motion filed Friday, Bailey calls the contempt charge a "civil controversy."
Bailey's attorney also criticized the bar's petition, saying it would prevent Bailey from earning the money needed to get out of jail.
"He needs to make a living," John K. Aurell said in an interview Friday. "If lenders know he doesn't have that ability, it'll influence a lender negatively."
The suspension would prohibit pro·hib·it
tr.v. pro·hib·it·ed, pro·hib·it·ing, pro·hib·its
1. To forbid by authority: Smoking is prohibited in most theaters. See Synonyms at forbid.
2. Bailey from practicing law for a specified period, although the bar did not specify a length of time in the petition.
Aurell argued that the attempt to suspend Bailey is itself unconstitutional unconstitutional adj. referring to a statute, governmental conduct, court decision or private contract (such as a covenant which purports to limit transfer of real property only to Caucasians) which violate one or more provisions of the U. S. Constitution. because it would deprive de·prive
1. To take something from someone or something.
2. To keep from possessing or enjoying something. Bailey of his license without an opportunity to challenge it in a formal hearing.
"Without question, his business is that of practicing law," Aurell wrote. "A temporary suspension will have a huge effect on Mr. Bailey's reputation and ability to practice law, now and for the rest of his life."
Bailey was imprisoned after he missed a deadline to raise $2.3 million needed to pay off a lien lien, claim or charge held by one party, on property owned by a second party, as security for payment of some debt, obligation, or duty owed by that second party. that would allow a bank to release the disputed stock. Friends and relatives have said they are trying to raise the money needed for his release.