Monday, April 13, 2009

Another example of how not to practice law: be rude to the judge's clerk

The ABA is reporting today that the New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the punishment barring lawyer R. Michael Moity Jr. from practice in the federal court for one year for displaying "severe disrespect to the court by the anger and harsh tone,” of a conversation with a judge's clerk. The lawyer followed that with "lack of candor in sworn testimony when the very serious matter of a contempt hearing was held.” The misrepresentations regarded a prior state court contempt hearing in which Moity was ordered to undergo ethics training, but failed to comply with the initial punishment. The opinion is available here.

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