Mayor convicted in 2003 reapplies to get law license back

February 16, 2021 GMT

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — The mayor of Connecticut’s largest city has launched a second attempt to get his law license reinstated, more than a decade after he finished a seven-year prison sentence for corruption.

Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim filed an application for reinstatement as an attorney last week in Bridgeport Superior Court, state Judicial Branch officials announced Tuesday. A committee of attorneys will make a recommendation to the court as to whether Ganim should be readmitted to the state bar.

Ganim was disbarred after being convicted in 2003 of accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in expensive wine, custom clothes, cash and home improvements while serving as mayor. He was released from prison in 2010 and completed a stunning political comeback in 2015 when he was elected again as mayor.


In 2012, a panel of three state judges rejected Ganim’s first application to get his law license back.

In his new court filing, Ganim says he wants to represent poor people and families for free in general law matters.

A message seeking comment was left for a spokesperson for Ganim on Tuesday.