Monday, October 22, 2012

Strong criticism of recent report out of DC hearing committee

Mike Frisch (Georgetown) has strong words about a recent report in Washington DC, which he calls "the worst hearing committee report in DC Bar history."  You need to read the full comment here to get see why.  In a nutshell, the report exonerates four attorneys on charges of conflicts of interest and dishonesty in a case involving the alleged abuse and manipulation of an elderly woman even though the evidence supported the conclusion that the attorneys, in the course of representing the woman's son, purported to represent her as well and caused her to execute a series of documents giving control or complete ownership of her property to him. Professor Frisch is concerned (to say the least) about the consequences of the opinion: it makes it nearly impossible to prosecute lawyer elder abuse and discourages other victims from coming forward.

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