Wednesday, June 13, 2007

An Aggravating Factor

A recent bar discipline case from Iowa seemed a rather ordinary discussion of failure to respond to a bar complaint and what we call "garden-variety" neglect (which is still a problem if its your garden being neglected). The lawyer eventually responded and the Supreme Court did not find that the acts of neglect caused substantial prejudice to the clients. Things got somewhat more interesting when I got to the discussion of aggravating factors. Seems the attorney had been suspended for two years back in 1987. The offense? "...[U]nlawfully entering residences and searching for women's undergarments he used to sexually gratify himself." The court notes that he sought treatment for "sex addiction" and that there is "nothing in the record to indicate his addiction affects his present practice of law." Reprimand. (Mike Frisch)

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