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The Supreme Court on Tuesday disbarred a lady lawyer for falsely claiming that she can influence justices of the Court of Appeals to secure an acquittal for an accused, among other offenses.

Disbarred was Atty. Marie Frances E. Ramon on the complaint filed by CA Associate Justices Fernanda Lampas-Peralta, chairperson of the Sixth Division, Stephen C. Cruz, senior member of the Fifth Division, and Ramon Paul L. Hernando, then junior member of the Fifth Division, now a member of the SC.

Likewise, the high court ordered that Ramon’s name be immediately stricken off from the Roll of Attorneys without prejudice to the civil or criminal cases pending and/or to be filed against her.

Ramon was found guilty of violating the Lawyer’s Oath, Canons 1, 7, 10, and Rules 1.01, 1.02, 7.03, 10.01, 10.02, and 10.03 of the Code of Professional Responsibility and Grave Misconduct.

The administrative complaint against Ramon stemmed from the joint-complaint filed by the three CA justices.

The SC disclosed Ramon boasted to a certain Maria Rossan De Jesus that she could secure the acquittal of one Tirso Fajardo, a cousin of De Jesus, for violation of Sections 5 and 7 of RA 9165, and used the names of the three CA magistrates.

Ramon also defrauded her clients by drafting a sham decision regarding the “acquittal” of Fajardo, and placed the names of the complainant-CA justices in the fake decision even said case was raffled off in a different division and justices.

“Atty. Ramon has tarnish the image of the legal profession and has lessened the public faith in the Judiciary. Hence, the ultimate penalty of disbarment must be imposed upon her,” the SC said in a statement.

In disbarring Ramon, the CA adopted the findings of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines Commission and the recommendation of the IBP Board.

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