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One St. Pete lawyer disbarred, another suspended

One St. Petersburg attorney was disbarred and another has been suspended from the practice of law, the Florida bar announced Monday.

Jack S. Carey, 84, a onetime St. Petersburg City Council member who had a respected legal career, agreed to be disbarred rather than fight the proceedings, said his attorney, Joseph Fleece.

Carey has not practiced law in several years, Fleece said. But his troubles arose from his handling of a client's will, which was amended several times, creating "a substantial financial benefit for himself," the Bar reported.

Carey maintained his innocence, but he also wanted to retire from law altogether, so he agreed to be disbarred, Fleece said.

Warren Jay Knaust, 62, has been suspended. He pleaded guilty in federal court in August to a charge of conspiracy to commit wire fraud affecting a financial institution. He is scheduled to be sentenced in that case in December.

One St. Pete lawyer disbarred, another suspended 10/28/10 [Last modified: Thursday, October 28, 2010 6:24pm]
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