Thursday, September 27, 2012
A justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ordered a suspension of two months for an attorney's ethical violations in his own post-divorce actions.
The attorney disobeyed court orders of child custody (he wanted the children) and falsely accused his ex-wife and the guardian ad litem of being mentally ill.
The justice found the facts were unusual and that there were mitigating considerations.
While there have been prior matters involving post-divorce misconduct, the sanctioned attorneys in prior cases sought financial gain. Here, the motivation was to have his children. Further, the false allegations of mental illness were based on his honestly held (but not clinically corroborated) views. (Mike Frisch)