September 25, 2012
Prosecutor Censured For Improper Statements
The web page of the Illinois State Bar Association has summaries of recent disciplinary decisions from the Illinois Supreme Court.
Among the more interesting cases:
Mr. [Glen] Weber, who was licensed in Illinois in 1987, was censured. While serving as an Assistant State’s Attorney in Winnebago County, and again as the State’s Attorney of Jo Daviess County, he made improper statements to juries in five criminal cases by alluding to matters he did not reasonably believe to be true and by making prejudicial statements about defendants. Of the five cases in question, one was reversed on appeal, with the appellate court finding that the improper statements deprived the defendant of a fair trial.
The court also censured an attorney involved in improper ex parte contacts in a workers' compensation matter:
Ms. [Elizabeth] Barringer, who was licensed to practice in 2007, was censured and ordered to successfully complete the ARDC Professionalism Seminar. She communicated on an ex parte basis with an arbitrator assigned to hear her client’s workers’ compensation case
The arbitrator contacts involves a situation that has received significant press coverage. The Madison St. Clair Record has a story here. The arbitrator's defense to ethics charges brought by the ARDC is described here. (Mike Frisch)
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