Legal Ethics

Illinois Seeks to Discipline Lawyer with History of Taking Frivolous Positions in Federal Tax Cases

An Illinois lawyer faces potential attorney disciplinary action in his home state following prior sanctions by federal appellate courts for taking frivolous positions in tax cases.

Jerold W. Barringer, 54, has a history of taking frivolous positions in federal tax cases, including an argument that Internal Revenue Service doesn’t have jurisdiction outside the District of Columbia, says the state Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission in a complaint filed earlier this month.

He was suspended from practice before the Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last year for making “blatantly frivolous” arguments, and was sanctioned in 2007 by the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the State Journal-Register reports.

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