Sunday, March 27, 2011

Discipline for lawyer who claimed she could "channel" the client's dead wife's spirit

A few months ago, I reported (here, here and here) on a case out of Arizona where a lawyer tried to convince her client that the client's dead wife's spirit had "come to her" and that she could communicate the wife's thoughts. Among other thoughts, the lawyer claimed the deceased wife wanted the client to have sex with the lawyer. The lawyer continued to "channel" the wife's thoughts to the client for three years.

The State Bar brought disciplinary charges against the attorney seeking disbarment but the Arizona Disciplinary Commission imposed only a one year suspension on the attorney. The State Bar then asked the Supreme Court to review the case and disbar the lawyer. The Legal Profession blog is reporting now that the Court sided with the Commission and imposed only a one year suspension.

The opinion is available here. The report of the Disciplinary Commission is attached here.

Thanks to the Legal Profession blog for the links.

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