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Court Suspends Connell, Clinton and Mandel from Practice of Law

February 24, 1986

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) _ The Court of Appeals today suspended a former state senator and the son of former Gov. Marvin Mandel from the practice of law in Maryland.

Gary Mandel was convicted of forging prescriptions. Former state Sen. Jerome Connell and his law partner Lloyd Clinton were convicted of tax evasion. Clinton was also suspended.

The suspensions take effect immediately, a clerk at the court said. They will remain in effect while disbarment proceedings are pursued.

Gary Mandel was convicted last November of forging prescriptions to obtain Dilaudid, a painkiller. He was sentenced to four months at work release and was ordered to serve time at the same Baltimore halfway house where his father served part of his federal sentence on racketeering and mail fraud charges. Mandel has not been imprisoned and is appealing the conviction.

Connell and Clinton are appealing their tax evasion convictions, but they nonetheless entered a minimum-security federal prison camp in Allenwood, Pa., on Feb. 6 to begin serving their one-year terms. They were convicted of hiding $75,000 in client fees, paid mostly in cash, to avoid paying $37,000 in federal income taxes from 1979 through 1981.

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