Through the years I’ve advised folks who would bother listening, Cuban cigars are not worth the effort it takes to smuggle into the United States.
I’ve heard many a good yarn about how folks have tried to do it, but why bother? It is illegal and you can go to jail. Jail and heft fines? “That never happens, who would go to prison or be fined over Cuban cigars,” they’d tell me. But in reality, Cuban cigars are terrible. One day they’ll be back to their former glory. If you want a good smoke, there is plenty to choose from in South Florida including Padrons, etc. But we digress.
Meet Richard Stevens Connors, Esq. Connors may have taken Zino Davidoff’s advice, “If your wife doesn’t like the aroma of your cigar, change your wife,” a little too literally. The story seems to have first been reported in the Legal Profession Blog under the great title, Disbarment by A Cigar.
It turns out Connor’s ex-wife turned the tables on her former beau. A divorce turned messy and his wife use everything she could against him, including his illegal importing of Cuban cigars. In this latest appeal, the three Judge panel said:
“as far as dishing out discomfort is concerned, the havoc visited on Chicago lawyer Richard Connors by his ex-wife would win a gold medal for creativity. With substantial assistance from his ex, Connors stands convicted in federal court of (among other things) violating a law we seldom encounter, the Trading with the Enemy Act (TWEA) …”
The opinion is short and a good read. One footnote reads:
Actually, all cigars do; as Rudyard Kipling noted in The Betrothed, “[A] woman is only a woman, but a good cigar is a Smoke.”
As for Connors, he’ll need to pay the $60,000 fine and, not so great, the Illinois State Bar is recommending that he be stripped of his law license. Oh, by the way, there is a 37-month prison term tacked on … not sure what he’ll get on remand.