Legal Ethics

Convicted of murdering ex-client, lawyer is fighting attorney disciplinary petition


Convicted earlier this year of murdering a former matrimonial client and her baby, and sentenced to life in prison, an Illinois attorney is fighting a subsequent legal ethics case.

Fredrick Goings reportedly had an on-again, off-again romantic relationship with Nova Henry, his client in a child-support case against professional basketball player Eddy Curry. Goings shot at Henry as she ran from him while carrying her daughter, Ava Curry, and killed them both, prosecutors said. Goings was convicted of two counts of murder in February and sentenced to life in prison last month.

But in a handwritten answer (PDF) written from jail and submitted in response to a complaint (PDF) filed last month by the Illinois Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission, Goings denies that he committed the crimes—as well as having had any romantic relationship with Henry—and demands strict proof of his guilt, the Legal Profession Blog reports.

“Respondent has insufficient information to admit or deny whether the Honorable Judge Maura Slattery-Boyle entered a judgment of conviction on Feb. 15, 2013, as he had no scheduled court appearance on that date,” Goings wrote in his answer.

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