Friday, March 23, 2007
A decision by the D.C. Court of Appeals is a useful cautionary tale about the ethical dangers of uncontrolled "romantic" impulses. The attorney was attracted to a fellow passenger on a Metro train. After they had exchanged names and places of employment, he started to rub his leg against hers. She decided to change seats and, as she did, he touched her buttock. He followed her to her new seat and she moved again. He then moved directly across from her. When he reached his stop, he dropped his business card in her newspaper and uttered the immortal phase "Give me a call sometime, baby." She elected to call the police instead.
As noted in the Board report, her place of employment was the Office of Independent Counsel. Oops.
Result: conviction for misdemeanor sexual abuse, 30 day suspension. (Mike Frisch)