Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Misconduct, or, in this case, not misconduct of the day
Mike Frisch of the Legal Profession Blog reports today that the Arizona Disciplinary Commission, by a 5-4 vote, approved the dismissal of ethics charges in a case where the attorney had (1) gone to a police station for an interview wearing a t-shirt that declared "Let the f***ing begin" (2) called a prosecutor an "unethical piece of trash" and (3) arranged for a subscription to Modern Drunkard magazine to be sent to a prosecutor's office due to his concern about the quality of the magazine choices in the waiting room. The hearing officer found the behavior inappropriate but not in violation of ethics rules. The dissenters would have imposed an informal reprimand.