Tuesday, June 14, 2011

More Than Incivility

The Rhode Island Supreme Court has imposed a public censure of an attorney in connection with an appeal in a medical malpractice case.

The attorney

filed several pleadings with this Court relating to his appellate claims. It is the content and tone of those pleadings that brings him before us...Rather than providing a reasoned explanation of the facts and law that supports his client's case, he filed pleadings that are replete with false and outrageous libels and accusations directed against opposing counsel and defendant-appellees.

The offensive language

He falsely accused opposing counsel of “deceit,” falsely alleged that she had engaged in “ambush tactics and trickery,” and falsely claimed she was “dishonest.”

The court found that the "conduct demonstrated more than a lack of civility" and that "[t]he resources of this Court were diverted from deciding the important issues before it to chastising inappropriate conduct not worthy of a member of the bar." (Mike Frisch)


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