Thursday, March 12, 2009
Jury duty? Take it seriously or you could be disbarred.
In a story from about a week ago, a lawyer in California was caught lying to a judge about whether he changed his vote as a juror in a case just to get deliberations over with so he could get back to his busy law practice. A California State Bar Court review panel on Friday upheld disbarment (available here) for the 19-year lawyer after finding he violated his oath as a juror and then compounded the problem by lying to the trial court judge when confronted. This is just another reminder that attorneys are held to high standards of conduct even if the conduct is not during the actual practice of law. See full story here.