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Ex-Lib boss, nailed by Cuomo, hopes for bar reinstatement

Former New York State Liberal Party boss Raymond Harding has a plan to get his law license back despite his guilty plea last fall to a felony for accepting more than $800,000 in kickbacks from companies doing business with the state pension fund.
When Harding pleaded guilty Oct. 6th, NYS AG Andrew Cuomo said the deal wold allow the felony to be reduced to a misdemeanor if Harding cooperated with prosecutors.
Last week, the Appellate Division in Manhattan disbarred Harding, effective Oct. 6th. However the decision noted that Harding intended to apply for reinstatement if his conviction is reduced to a misdemeanor. No time frame was given.
“Respondent (Harding) through counsel ... states that respondent’s plea agreement contemplates that upon completion of his cooperation with the Attorney General’s investigations, respondent will be permitted to withdraw his plea to the felony charge, leaving only his plea to the misdemeanor charge,” the decision said.
“At such time, the respondent intends to petition the court to vacate the order of disbarment and apply for reinstatement,” the decision said.

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