Friday, July 13, 2007
An attorney in Louisiana won a $1.5 million judgment in a case before the appropriately-named Judge Green. The judge then sought and obtained an $800 contribution purportedly for the judicial campaign of his niece, who is the daughter of now-indicted Congressman William Jefferson. The payment was caught on videotape, leading to criminal charges against the judge and disciplinary charges against the attorney.
The Louisiana Disciplinary Board has recommended a one year suspension with six months stayed. A dissent calls for a more substantial sanction. (Mike Frisch)