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Criminal Defense Lawyer Awaits Penalty for Telling Judge His Client Confessed to a Shooting

Posted Aug 19, 2011 6:18 AM CDT
By Martha Neil

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A veteran Michigan criminal defense lawyer is awaiting a decision on how he will be penalized following a legal ethics ruling that found he had violated a fundamental principle of legal ethics by revealing in open court that his client had confessed to a shooting as the two argued during a sentencing hearing.

A lawyer for Robert Slameka says the Attorney Discipline Board should give him a reprimand, at most, after dismissing three charges against him, reports the Detroit Free Press.

However, Slameka has a discipline history that includes four reprimands and 11 admonishments over the past 25 years.

Given that record, "It would make an unusual precedent if they don't order a suspension," says law professor Larry Dubin of the University of Detroit-Mercy.

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