September 7, 2011
Lawyer Lies About Criminal History When Called As Juror, Suspension Imposed
The Minnesota Supreme Court has adopted a joint proposal of a 60 day suspension in a case involving a false statement to a tribunal.
The attorney was called as a juror in a felony criminal matter. He made "false statements regarding his [own] criminal history while under oath during voir dire as a potential juror..." (Mike Frisch)
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This is bizarre. Do you know what his criminal history is? Why would he do this - did he want to be on the jury to screw somebody? Oh, well.
Posted by: Rick Underwood | Sep 7, 2011 9:13:45 AM
I had the same thought as Rick. I did a cursory web search when I posted the order and found nothing in the way of information.
Posted by: Mike Frisch | Sep 7, 2011 1:01:17 PM
Maybe he was just scared to say the truth.. this is weird..
Posted by: Attorneys in Columbia SC | Sep 8, 2011 12:50:28 PM
Perhaps he was already known to the rest of the courtroom as an attorney, and when questioned about previous convictions he wanted to spare his own embarrassment and shame to his profession.
Also, there seems to be some personal animosity or targeting. How is it that a prosecutor or state bar attorney found out about and investigated a juror's perjury?
Posted by: Bob | Sep 9, 2011 12:23:09 PM