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‘Bulletproof’ Lawyer Gets Law License Probation for Lewd Courtroom Gesture

Posted May 6, 2010 9:36 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A Texas lawyer who served 10 days in jail for making an obscene gesture in a court hearing has agreed to a three-year law license probation.

The lawyer, who calls himself Adam “Bulletproof” Reposa in the State Bar of Texas online directory, will still be eligible to practice during the probation, the Austin American-Statesman reports. The sanction was based in part on Reposa’s contempt conviction for making a courtroom gesture simulating masturbation.

An evidentiary panel of a lawyers’ grievance committee also cited Reposa for asking a question intended to degrade a witness and for false or misleading communications about other lawyers, according to a state bar memo.

The American-Statesman says one of the communications targeted was on Reposa’s website, where he said he would never allow a client to plead guilty to avoid jail time. Lawyers who do that are “plea mill lawyers,” he said, and that is why "God, or Satan, made" the defense lawyer, he said.

Reposa told the newspaper he was only zealously defending clients and pointing out poor work by other defense lawyers."Do I feel bad? No," Reposa said. "Am I going to do it again? No."

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