June 24, 2011
Blogging Lawyer Gets Reciprocal Discipline
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has ordered reciprocal discline based on sanctions imposed in Illinois in the high-proflie case in which a public defender blogged about her cases.
The court summarized the misconduct:
Attorney...'s misconduct in Illinois consisted of publishing a blog with information related to her legal work from June of 2007 to April of 2008. The public blog contained confidential information about her clients and derogatory comments about judges. The blog had information sufficient to identify those clients and judges using public sources.
In addition, Attorney...'s misconduct involved failing to inform the court of a client's misstatement of fact. One of her clients told a judge, on the record, that she was not using drugs. Later, the client informed Attorney...that the client was using methadone at the time of her statement in court. Attorney...did not inform the judge of this fact or correct the client's misstatement.
The sanction is a suspension for 60 days.
Our coverage of the Illinois case is linked here. (Mike Frisch)
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