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Ex-Gov. Mandel Asks to Be Readmitted to the Bar

March 7, 1987

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) _ Former Gov. Marvin Mandel, convicted on political corruption charges in 1977, says he’s been rehabilitated and is ready to practice law again.

Mandel, who has been prohibited from practicing law in Maryland for nearly 10 years, has asked the state’s highest court, the Court of Appeals, to reinstate him to the bar.

In his petition for reinstatement, Mandel said he was ″fully rehabilitated and that his reinstatement would not diminish the integrity of the bar.″ He promised to conduct himself ″in accordance with the highest standards of the profession.″

The former governor also said his convictions on mail fraud and racketeering charges in August 1977 did not stem from his actions as a lawyer.

Mandel, who served as governor from 1969 to early 1978, was suspended from practicing law in December 1977 and disbarred in October 1982, about a year after he was released from federal prison at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.

Since his release, Mandel has worked as a consultant, as an administrator for a contracting company, and as a host of a radio talk show.

The court referred the petition, filed in January, to a review panel. It could be several months before the review board makes its recommendation to the court and the court acts on it.

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