Friday, February 27, 2009

Dismissal De Minimus For Photos Of Client

A district committee of the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board held that a public dismissal de minimus was the appropriate disposition of a client's complaint against the attorney retained to defend her against criminal charges of malicious wounding. The client came to the lawyer's office on a Saturday to discuss the case. She was very upset about the prospect of jail time and its impact on her. The lawyer took advantage of the situation by taking "modeling" photographs of the client. The photos, according to the disposition, were inappropriate to the lawyer-client relationship but not pornographic in nature. While inappropriate, the photos did not have an adverse impact on the client's matter. (Mike Frisch)

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