Sunday, September 30, 2012

The Opposite Of Civility

The Illinois Administrator has filed a third amended complaint alleging that an attorney engaged in misconduct in several matters.

Among the allegations are charges involving mistreatment of opposing counsel in litigation. From the complaint:

...beginning in 2008, Respondent called [opposing counsel] Steven’s vulgar names. As a consequence of Respondent’s conduct, after February 2008, Stevens refused to speak with Respondent and communicated with him only by letter or in open court.

On approximately 10 occasions, in 2008 and 2009, Respondent called Stevens a "bitch" or "fucking bitch", and called her "cunt" on at approximately five occasions, "slut" or "whore" on two or three occasions, "asshole" on at approximately 10 occasions, and "pervert" on approximately five occasions.

Specifically, on September 3, 2009, Respondent, Stevens, and other counsel appeared in case number 07 L 3391. While on the record, Respondent stated on the record in case number 07 L 3391 to Stevens "[S]till hanging around the bars and picking up the DePaul students?" In addition to his statement on the record, on two other occasions, Respondent stated to other counsel in Steven’s presence, in a voice that Stevens could hear: "She [Stevens] has been seen picking up boys at DePaul bars and taking them home with her."

Respondent’s referred to Stevens as a "bitch", "fucking bitch", "cunt", "slut" and "whore", and stated that Stevens had been seen picking up boys at DePaul bars for no other purpose than to harass or embarrass Stevens.

On September 11, 2009, Respondent, Stevens and others were appearing in case number 07 L 3391. Prior to the court hearing, Respondent approached Stevens and said to her "Nice dress, slut."

Prior to the hearing on September 11, 2009, Stevens handed a motion to Respondent without speaking, and Respondent stated to her "Go fuck yourself." Respondent then added "you asshole."

When the judge returned to the courtroom, Stevens made a statement on the record regarding the words Respondent had used to her before the hearing.

Respondent responded that Steven also swears, and then referred to her, twice, as a "liar."

On September 17, 2009, Respondent, Stevens and others appeared before the court in case number 07 L 3391. During the hearing, Respondent called Stevens a "liar" and referred to Stevens as "Miss Stevens who molested this child."

On September 24, 2009, Respondent, Stevens and others appeared for a hearing in case number 07 L 3391. The judge stepped out of the courtroom, and Respondent approached Stevens. Stevens, who continued to refuse to talk to Respondent, and started walking away and stood next to the judge’s chambers. Respondent followed Stevens. Stevens again walked away from Respondent, and Respondent stated to her "Bye, bitch."

At the conclusion of the hearing on September 24, 2009, Stevens stated that she wanted to put the Respondent’s comment of "Bye, bitch" on the record. During the discussion on the record that followed, Respondent stated that Stevens "was the same woman who physically and sexually abused [Cristina]."

As the September 24, 2009 hearing was concluding, Respondent turned to Stevens and called her a "pervert."

Respondent called Stevens obscene names, used obscene language, and, while on the record, made the statements that Stevens had physically and sexually abused Cristina, and that Stevens was a "pervert" and "liar" for no other reason than to harass or embarrass Stevens.

Many of Respondent’s statements to Stevens described above were made at a time when Stevens and Respondent were not engaged in an argument or conversation.

In the same matter, the complaint alleges that the attorney called the attorney who replaced him an "coke head" and falsely claimed that counsel snorted cocaine in the courthouse rest room. (Mike Frisch)

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