July 11, 2012
Recusal Solves Ethical Problem
A Louisiana Hearing Committee has recommended that ethics charges against a part-time District Attorney be dismissed.
The ethics charges involved the DA's representation of a woman who fell out of an inner tube that was connected to a boat. The boat driver was ticketed and faced criminal charges.
The hearing board found that the DA ran a conflicts check prior to accepting the woman's contingent fee matter for her injuries. When he ran a later conflicts check, he learned of the criminal charges against the boat driver. He then recused himself and his office from the cases against the boat driver.
His fee in the contingency case was $20,000.
The hearing board found no ethical violation in the above scenerio. (Mike Frisch)
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