November 25, 2009
No Ethics Charges For Investigation Of Judge
The Grand Rapids Press has a report that no disciplinary action will be brought against an attorney based on claims of misconduct relating to his investigation of a county district court judge:
More than a dozen prominent local lawyers, including former presidents of the Grand Rapids Bar Association, filed a grievance seeking sanctions against Fischer in July 2008. The attorneys alleged Fischer [the attorney] tried to extort Servaas’ [the judge's] resignation.
The grievance commission evidently did not agree.
“That’s amazing,” Servaas said Tuesday from a vacation in Florida. “This is some political refusal of what (Fischer) did and not based on the facts.”
Among the evidence presented to grievance investigators, also based in Detroit, was the 17-minute recording made of Fischer confronting Servaas in his former chambers in Rockford, where the judge was presented with a resignation letter to sign.
The Press report notes that the judge was reprimanded. (Mike Frisch)
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