- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 9, 2001

ASSOCIATED PRESS
Lawyer Sol Sheinbein, who is accused of helping his son flee to Israel to avoid murder charges, may be disbarred by Maryland's highest court.
Mr. Sheinbein of Silver Spring followed his son to Israel in 1997, shortly after the dismembered body of 19-year-old Alfredo Tello was found in a vacant home near the Sheinbeins' neighborhood.
The Attorney Grievance Commission did not specify in its petition, filed in the Court of Appeals, what punishment it is seeking for Mr. Sheinbein, but disbarment is an option the court can consider.
The petition accuses the elder Sheinbein of hindering the investigation into Mr. Tello's death, to which Samuel Sheinbein pleaded guilty in 1999 in an Israeli court.
Sol Sheinbein now works in Israel as a patent lawyer.
His son's extradition to Maryland was blocked after a yearlong battle between Israel and the United States. He is currently serving a 24-year sentence in Israel. He could have faced life in prison if tried in the United States.
Israel's Supreme Court ruled in 1999 that the youth was an Israeli citizen because his father had been born in pre-state Israel. As a citizen, the court ruled, he could not be forced to return to the United States.
Montgomery County State's Attorney Douglas Gansler said the elder Sheinbein's current job doing patent work in Israel for American companies should be stopped.
"In our view, it is insulting to the American system of justice," Mr. Gansler said.
Mr. Sheinbein would face trial on charges of obstructing justice if he returns to Maryland, Mr. Gansler said.
The 12-page petition contains allegations similar to ones police made. After learning his son was a suspect, it says, Mr. Sheinbein planned his son's escape and purchased tickets for him to Tel Aviv.
On the day Mr. Tello's body was found, the petition alleges, the elder Sheinbein read a search warrant for his home an indication he knew his son was under suspicion when he bought the airplane tickets.
The Court of Appeals ordered Montgomery County Circuit Judge S. Michael Pincus to hold a hearing on the commission's allegations and issue findings and recommendations for disciplinary action.
Mr. Sheinbein does not need to be present at the hearings.

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