Legal Ethics

Convicted of Official Misconduct, Former PD Is Now Suspended for 1 Year Over Sex with Client

A former assistant public defender who was criminally convicted of official misconduct in 2009 for having sex with a then-client was suspended from practice yesterday for one year by attorney disciplinary authorities.

Matthew Swedick “engaged in illegal conduct that adversely reflected on his honesty, trustworthiness or fitness as a lawyer, was prejudicial to the administration of justice and adversely reflected on his fitness as a lawyer,” said a five-member panel of the Appellate Division of New York Supreme Court. The panel also found that Swedick, who is in his late 30s, had “engaged in conflicts of interest,” the Times Union reported.

Swedick is appealing his misdemeanor criminal conviction in the Albany City Court case. He was sentenced to one year in jail, but remains free on $10,000 bail.

Earlier coverage: “Former Public Defender Is Convicted in Sex-with-Client Case”

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