Ethics

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Afternoon Briefs: Trump pardons Michael Flynn; lawyer suspended for cyberattack knowledge

Trump pardons former national security adviser Flynn

President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that he has pardoned former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to the…

Trump campaign’s legal strategy has faltered partly because of legal ethics, law prof says
The Trump campaign's legal strategy is faltering partly because of ethics rules requiring lawyers to be candid with courts and avoid frivolous claims, according to a law professor who teaches legal ethics.
Resignation of judge who called juror ‘Aunt Jemima’ is ‘binding and irrevocable,’ judicial court says
The Pennsylvania Court of Judicial Discipline has said a judge who referred to a juror as “Aunt Jemima” can’t change his mind about resigning.
The power of decency in the legal profession
There is a fever in America today. This fever is running at a very high pitch, and it has nothing to do with the pandemic.
Former general counsel of LeClairRyan agrees to disbarment
Bruce Matson, the former general counsel of the disbanded law firm LeClairRyan, has been disbarred in Virginia after he was accused of misappropriating money from a bankruptcy trust account.
Judge rejects plea to sanction Kirkland for associate’s voicemail to lawyer for Trump campaign

A federal judge has denied a motion to sanction Kirkland & Ellis for an associate’s voicemail to a Philadelphia solo practitioner who represents the Trump campaign.

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Jeffrey Epstein nonprosecution agreement stemmed from ‘poor judgment,’ DOJ ethics office says
Former U.S. Attorney Alex Acosta showed "poor judgment" when he agreed to a plea deal for Jeffrey Epstein, but he did not engage in professional misconduct, according to the Justice Department's Office of Professional Responsibility.
Afternoon Briefs: Lawyer sentenced in veterans charity thefts; lawyer accused in romance scams

Lawyer gets prison time for stealing from veterans charity

Former Connecticut lawyer Kevin Creed was sentenced Monday to 3½ years in prison for stealing about $1.4 million from a veterans…

New Kentucky justice behaved ‘dyspeptically’ in outburst while a trial judge, appeals court says
A newly elected justice on the Kentucky Supreme Court acted “peremptorily, profanely and dyspeptically” in a courtroom outburst while a trial court judge, according to a state appeals court.
Afternoon Briefs: District attorney is accused of plotting truck theft; husband and wife lawyers sue over gun photo

District attorney is accused of hiring his kids, conspiring to steal truck

Lee County, Alabama, District Attorney Brandon Hughes has been charged with illegally hiring his children and lying to…

The truth, the whole truth and nothing but: Lawyers and concepts of truth and honesty

“You can’t handle the truth!” This is the iconic line from the 1992 military courtroom film, A Few Good Men. Col. Nathan Jessup (Jack Nicholson) bellowed these words to Lt.…

Kamala Harris’ BigLaw husband will leave DLA Piper; experts had warned of ethics issues
The husband of Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, a partner at DLA Piper, will sever all ties with the law firm before the inauguration in January.
Afternoon Briefs: Proposed $26B opioid settlement revealed; Florida judge reprimanded for noise response

Proposed $26B opioid settlement disclosed

Four companies involved in making and distributing opioids have disclosed a proposed $26 billion settlement that would end thousands of lawsuits by state and local…

Afternoon Briefs: California voters keep cash bail system; Colorado voters back popular vote movement

California voters reject bid to end cash bail

Voters in California rejected a ballot measure to end cash bail in the state, but that might not be the end of…

Lawyer is accused of offering free legal services if woman cleaned his home in the nude
An Ohio lawyer is accused in an ethics complaint of propositioning clients and would-be clients, mentioning the possibility of marriage, and using names for them such as “gorgeous” and “baby doll.”

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