April 8, 2010
Elvis Impersonations Draws Reprimand
A stipulated reprimand was administered to two Illinois attorneys for their behavior after a court proceeding had adjourned. The Hearing Board described the agreed facts:
On February 5, 2007 and February 9, 2007, the Honorable David Delgado conducted a hearing in case number 06 D 4687 to determine whether Douglas should be held in civil contempt for violating a court order.
On February 9, 2007, after Judge Delgado adjourned the proceedings in case number 06 D 4687 and left the bench, Respondent[s], [their client] Evelyn, [opposing party] Douglas, and his attorney...continued to have discussions about the case.
During the course of the discussions with Douglas, Respondent[s]...made inappropriate and unprofessional references to what they believed would be Douglas’ experience should he be sent to jail, including references to body searches that he would or would not endure and the song "Jail House Rock".
At the time Respondent[s]...made the statements...they knew that the statements served no substantial purpose other than to harass or embarrass Douglas. Respondent[s]...acknowledge that their comments were inappropriate and unprofessional.
Respondent[s]...conduct in making statements to Douglas was inconsistent with Rule 1.2(f)(1), Rule 4.4, and Rule 8.4(a)(5) of the Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct and Supreme Court Rule 770 by defeating the administration of justice.
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