Friday, April 1, 2011
The New Jersey Supreme Court has imposed a censure of an attorney with a significant record of prior discipline. He had been privately reprimanded in 1990, reprimanded in 2001 and 2004 (in separate matters) and suspended for three months in 2008 for gross neglect of two client matters.
Here, the misconduct was unlike the prior matters. The attorney had assaulted a federal officer after two Department of State investigators came to his office to interview the attorney and his spouse "in connection with an ongoing federal investigation." The attorney became "increasingly agitated and aggressive." He "pushed [an agent] against a wall and struck him with his hands and arms."
The ensuing criminal charges were dismissed after the attorney completed pretrial diversion. (Mike Frisch)