Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Bar Charges For Domestic Abuse

The Illinois Administrator has filed disciplinary charges against an attorney alleging neglect of an estate matter and separate instances of domestic battery against his wife and daughter. The incident involving the wife took place at El Taco Grande, where he struck the wife with an open hand while intoxicated. The incident involving the daughter is described as follows:

On or about February 13, 2007, Respondent got into an argument with his 17-year-old daughter...while at their home on Westchester Court in Aurora, Illinois.

Respondent squirted his daughter with a water bottle and in the ensuing struggle, when his daughter attempted to wrest the bottle from Respondent, Respondent slapped his daughter and scratched her neck.

Respondent’s wife...pulled Respondent from [his daughter] and [his daughter] stated that she would telephone the police. Respondent threatened to "beat the shit out of" [his daughter] if she called the police. [The daughter] then telephoned the police.

On February 13, 2007, after the police arrived, [his daughter] signed a sworn statement attesting to the facts of the incident set forth in paragraphs 10-12 above.

On February 13, 2007, Aurora police officer Nancy Stefanski prepared and signed a complaint against Respondent, placed him under arrest and transported Respondent to the Aurora Police Department, where he was held overnight.

According to the bar charges, the incident with the wife led to a conviction for domestic abuse. The other criminal charge was dismissed when the daughter declined to press charges. (Mike Frisch)

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Slapping a wife with an open hand causing redness on the cheek? Spraying a daughter with water and then fighting to stop her from taking the water bottle away? Is this really the sort of violence that deserves prosecution and, even more so, that the bar should be involving itself with? I don't know the answer to that question but there has to be a line someplace.

In any event, this family needs to find a different way to communicate if he intends to continue practicing law.


Posted by: FixedWing | Aug 27, 2009 6:29:54 AM

Yes. It does warrant prosecution. Today's misdemeanor is tomorrow's felony. Thankfully there were no lethal weapons involved. But tomorrow there could be.

Posted by: Laura Williams | Sep 3, 2009 4:59:26 PM

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