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Lawyer Who Forged Federal Prosecutor’s Signature Can Resign

April 2, 2021, 5:52 PM

A Massachusetts lawyer who signed an assistant U.S. attorney’s name to a settlement document in a federal tort matter that contained terms not agreed to by the government was allowed to resign from the bar.

Kenneth M. Levine’s affidavit of resignation, admitting that state bar counsel could prove “by a preponderance of the evidence” that he violated seven ethics rules, was accepted by the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers of the Supreme Judicial Court. It took effect March 31.

When the judge in the case asked about the signature, Levine said it was “inadvertent,” a deceptive statement, the board’s summary...

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