Thursday, June 16, 2011

Ohio State Univ football scandal includes possible discipline for disclosure of confidential information

The Legal Profession blog is reporting that Ohio Supreme Court's Office of Disciplinary Counsel  has filed a complaint accusing a lawyer of violating his duty of confidentiality by sending three e-mails to former Ohio State Univerisity football coach Jim Tressel.  In the emails, the lawyer told Tressel that certain players had been given free tattoos in exchange for signed memorabilia.  This conduct, in case you don't know, violates NCAA rules.  The reason sending the messages is arguably a violation of the rules is that the lawyer, learned of the situation when the owner of the tattoo parlor came to him for legal advice about a federal-drug investigation against him.  Go here for more details.

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