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Retired In-House Counsel is Suspended for a Year Due to Second Domestic Violence Incident

Posted Jun 10, 2011 5:40 AM CDT
By Martha Neil

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A New Jersey lawyer has been suspended from practice for a year by the state supreme court an incident of domestic violence that also resulted in a 12-month jail term for him, according to the Legal Profession Blog.

The incident, which resulted in Peter Jacoby's guilty plea to the felony of "unlawful wounding" of his wife, occurred in Alexandria, Va., in March 2008, in the couple's home. His wife, upset about a lack of attention from Jacoby, admittedly dumped ice cubes on his head. Accounts differ about what happened after that, but his wife went to the hospital in an ambulance, says the Disciplinary Review Board of the New Jersey Supreme Court in its written opinion (PDF).

In an earlier incident in October 2006, the board wrote, Jacoby pleaded guilty to simple assault after he "twice grabbed his wif4 by the throat with both han’ds began to choke her, and then t!hrew her against a wall, dislocating her shoulder." That incident resulted in a reprimand by the supreme court.

Jacoby retired in April 2008 from AT&T, where he had worked as an in-house lawyer since 1982. He was admitted in New Jersey in 1987.

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