Posted Aug 19, 2011 11:18 am CDT
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.