Tuesday, April 10, 2007


A disciplinary case decided today by the Maryland Court of Appeals strikes a fair balance between promoting respect for the judiciary by the practicing bar while not harshly sanctioning zealous advocacy. An attorney was reprimanded for engaging in conduct before judges in two cases that crossed the line from aggressive to disrespectful. In one instance, he repeatedly interrupted the judge; in another, he walked out of court during an adverse ruling to show his displeasure. He also was late for court in an unrelated matter. The court rejected Bar Counsel's contention that such behavior must invariably result in a period of suspension, indicating that reprimand was a sufficient sanction under the circumstances. (Mike Frisch)


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