January 20, 2011
Court Orders Civility Assessment, Suspension
The New Jersey Supreme Court imposed a three-month suspension with an assesment by the Bergen County Committee on Professionalism "for development of a program to assist [the attorney] in developing and maintaining courtesy and civility in his professional dealings with others..."
The attorney represented the defendant in a protracted municipal court trial. He called the prosecutor, among other things, an idiot and "forcefully bumped into an investigating officer, while walking past her." He also had the trial repeatedly postponed, once by claiming there was an accident on the New Jersey Turnpike. There was no such accident at the time. He also raised his voice to a bar ethics committee investigator "and was extremely uncooperative and belligerent."
The Disciplinary Review Board rejected the attorney's motion to set aside a default entered in the matter. The attorney had two previous reprimands. (Mike Frisch)
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