By Joseph Ax
NEW YORK, Nov 29 (Reuters) - A Brooklyn attorney has
resigned from the practice of law after admitting that she
printed or signed judges' names on subpoenas without their
Theresa Lizzio acknowledged that she "issued" five subpoenas
by using the names of Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Michael
Brennan and Acting Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Matthew
Lizzio's forgeries were discovered on April 10, when two
representatives of drug treatment programs appeared in Brooklyn
Supreme Court pursuant to two of her subpoenas and questioned
their validity, according to a ruling from the Appellate
Division, First Department.
The city's department of investigation conducted an inquiry
and referred the matter to the Brooklyn district attorney for
possible criminal charges. In exchange for a non-criminal plea
deal, Lizzio agreed to resign.
On Thursday, the First Department accepted her resignation.
Lizzio's attorney, Hugo Ortega, declined to comment.
The First Department panel included Justices Richard
Andrias, Leland DeGrasse, Sallie Manzanet-Daniels, David Saxe
and Peter Tom.
The case is Matter of Lizzio, Appellate Division, First
Department, No. 4177.
For Lizzio: Hugo Ortega of Tanner & Ortega.
For the departmental disciplinary committee: Kathy Wu.
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