Sunday, June 15, 2014

How not to practice law: if you are a judge, start a relationship with the prosecutor in the case; if you are cited to a disciplinary proceeding, show up in shorts and a t-shirt; if you like someone you interviewed, send her "sexting" messages.

Here are three recent stories to add to the on-going list of "how not to practice law" posts:

1. While serving as the presiding judge in a capital first-degree murder case, Gardiner commenced a significant emotional relationship with the lead prosecutor in the case.  Story here and here.   Interestingly, the prosecutor was only suspended for two years.  Why disbar the judge but not the prosecutor?

2.  Show Up For Your Disciplinary Hearing In Shorts, T-Shirt And Running Shoes.  Story here.

3.  Sext.