Tuesday, April 24, 2012
A recent complaint filed by the Illinois Administrator alleges ethical violations based on a criminal conviction that took place after his wife had filed for divorce and obtained an order of protection:
On October 24, 2009, [respondent's wife] Rebecca was staying at the Baymont Hotel in Whitewater, Wisconsin to attend an event at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Respondent knew that Rebecca had traveled to Whitewater, and he went to the Baymont Hotel. On that date, while Rebecca was out of her hotel room, Respondent approached the front desk at the Baymont Hotel, told the clerk that he was Rebecca's husband, and obtained a key to Rebecca's room. Respondent then went to Rebecca's hotel room and went into the room without her permission. Later that night, Rebecca returned to her hotel room, and inserted her key to open the door to her room, but it did not work. Rebecca then went to the front desk to inquire about the key, and the clerk told her that the locks had been reprogrammed when a key was given to her husband. Rebecca then called the police to report Respondent's violation of the order of protection...
The complaint states that a jury convicted the attorney of violating a foreign protection order and disorderly conduct. He was acquitted of other charges. (Mike Frisch)