Legal Ethics

Ethics Complaint Claims Lawyer Tried to Sway Potential Jurors by Posting Discovery Video on YouTube

An ethics complaint alleges a downstate Illinois lawyer attempted to sway public opinion against the prosecution of his drug client by posting a discovery video online.

Lawyer Jesse Raymond Gilsdorf hired a company to post the video of an undercover drug buy on YouTube in April 2011 and then linked to it on Facebook, according to the complaint. The two-part video received more than 2,000 hits before a judge ordered its removal. The Legal Profession Blog has a story.

The video was labeled “Cops and Task Force Planting Drugs.” It implied that police had engaged in improper conduct and entrapped Gilsdorf’s client, who was charged with unlawful delivery of a controlled substance in Pike County, the complaint alleges. Gilsdorf did not receive the consent of his client before posting the video, the complaint says.

Gilsdorf was out of his office in Mount Sterling and unavailable for comment.

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