Missouri Supreme Court receives no word from Cooper

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Former state Rep. Nathan Cooper did not respond to a Missouri Supreme Court order directing him to provide reasons why his law license should not be suspended, high court communicationns counsel Beth Riggert said.

Cooper, who pleaded guilty to two federal felony counts of immigration fraud, was ordered on Wednesday to "show cause" why he should not be subject to an interim suspension of his license while he is awaiting sentencing. The immigration fraud case was connected to legal work he did on behalf of law clients.

The court's Wednesday order did not suspend Cooper's license, Riggert noted. The court must take an additional step before that would occur.

Cooper, a Republican, resigned his legislative seat on Tuesday. He is due in federal court on Oct. 19 for sentencing.

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