In re Hyra


Court:Supreme Court of New Jersey

Date published: Mar 22, 1977


Respondent, a member of the bar of this State, pleaded guilty before the United States District Court to a charge of failure to file an income tax return for the year 1969. The indictment charged that the respondent’s gross income for that year was $53,885.55. On May 10, 1976, he received a suspended sentence, was placed on probation for two years, and was fined $2,000.



This Court, by a consent order effective July 1, 1976, temporarily suspended respondent from the practice of law pending disposition of the ethics proceedings against him filed as a result of the aforesaid criminal conviction.

The sole question is the extent of the discipline to be imposed. Reports of psychiatric examinations of the respondent made at the time of his plea conflict with the existence of any emotional problem. In 1954, some 23 years ago, he was suspended from the practice of law for two years when it was brought to the attention of this Court that the respondent, before his taking and passing the bar examination, had failed to disclose to the Union County Character and Fitness Committee the fact that when 18 years of age he had been convicted of burglary and larceny. In re Hyra, 15 N.J. 252 (1954). However, his good record since then merits some consideration.

Under the circumstances, we conclude that the respondent should be suspended from the practice of law for one year until further order of this Court. In re Wilentz69 N.J. 121 (1976). The period of suspension is to run from July 1, 1976, the effective date of the order of temporary suspension entered by this Court. So ordered.

It is ORDERED that HARRY G. HYRA of Hillside be suspended from the practice of law for one year and until  further order of the Court, effective July 1, 1976; and it is further

ORDERED that HARRY G. HYRA be and hereby is restrained and enjoined from practicing law during the period of his suspension.

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