Wednesday, June 1, 2011
The Indiana Supreme Court ordered that a suspended attorney pay a $500 fine for practicing law in contempt of the suspension order.
The suspended attorney had a friend. The friend had a window broken in her home by two youths (or "Yutes" if you are a fan of My Cousin Vinny):
Vinny: Is it possible that the two youts--
Judge Haller: Uh, the two what? Uh, uh, what was that word?
Vinny: Uh, what word?
Judge Haller: Two what?
Judge Haller: Did you say "yutes"?
Vinny: Yeah, two youts.
Judge Haller: What is a yute?
Vinny: Oh, excuse me, Your Honor, two youths.
His unauthorized practice involved his efforts on behalf of the friend: "Even if [he] did not explicitly state that he was acting as his friend's attorney, this was the clear message that his actions conveyed." (Mike Frisch)