December 3, 2012
Sex Talk With Defendants Gets Prosecutor Suspended
The Tennessee Supreme Court has ordered a 45 day suspension and probation of an assistant district attorney.
According to this notice, the attorney violated ethics rules by
engaging in conversation of a sexual nature with two criminal defendants who were being prosecuted by the Disterict Attorney's office for which he also worked. He was not the Assistant District Attorney assigned to those cases; however, he admitted that both defendants were represented by counsel and that he did not have permission to speak with either defendant. The conversations...were inappropriate and there was a potential risk for conflict of interest and abuse of power.
The attorney must perform ten hours of pro bono services and contact the Lawyers Assistance Program.
WMC TV.com reports that he also lost his job. (Mike Frisch)
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