More Than a Decade After Impeachment, Larsen is Disbarred

Rolf Larsen, the former state Supreme Court justice removed from the bench in 1994, has been officially disbarred by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

The justices’ half-page order in Office of Disciplinary Counsel v. Larsen did not indicate the grounds for Larsen’s disbarment, but a June 2005 report in the matter from the court’s Disciplinary Board indicates that this most recent action relates to his conviction for unlawful acquisition of prescription medications.

The prescription drug-related charges had been filed by the state Attorney General following its investigation into Larsen’s ex parte communications.

The court’s order states that  Chief Justice Ralph J. Cappy did not participate in the matter.

Larsen served as a justice from 1987 until July 1994.

His attorney in the disciplinary proceedings, Robert Felkay of Pittsburgh, did not immediately respond to a call seeking comment.

A call to the Office of Disciplinary Counsel seeking comment on the disbarment was not immediately returned.

— Asher Hawkins, Staff Reporter

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One Comment on “More Than a Decade After Impeachment, Larsen is Disbarred”

  1. Mack Says:

    While Justice Larsen (who swore me into the bar) did violate the Pharmacy Act, there is certainly a degree of vindictiveness and partiality involved here.

    What I remember most of the time before Justice Larsen’s trial and impeachment is the fact that he and the other justices wouldn’t even look at each other during oral argument.


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