Friday, July 26, 2013

Bad Neighbor

A complaint filed by the Illinois Administrator alleges that an attorney was convicted of DUI and battery in separate incidents and failed to report the convictions to disciplinary authorities.

And this:

On the evening of June 5, 2011, while at his home, Respondent became intoxicated. Marianna Gavlick ("Gavlick") and Karen Fischer ("Fischer"), who were Respondent's neighbors to the rear of his property, were outside cooking on Gavlick's patio, along with their children and other friends. Without provocation, Respondent, while standing at his door or window or in his yard, began to verbally harass and threaten Gavlick and Fischer and others. Respondent called Gavlick a "fucking idiot" and "dumb bitch," yelled other epithets, made obscene gestures toward them, and made shooting gestures in the direction of the children. Respondent bragged that he was a lawyer.

Gavlick called the police as a result of Respondent's above-described behavior. Normal police officers Kevin Ryan ("Officer Ryan") and Stephen Koscielak ("Officer Koscielak") responded. The officers arrived at the front of Respondent's home and Respondent, who was in his back yard continuing to harass Gavlick and others, did not notice their arrival. Respondent told Gavlick that he would hurt her "real bad" and he stepped in her direction. Officers Ryan and Koscielak witnessed the threatening words and gesture and placed Respondent under arrest.

Officer Ryan transported Respondent to the McLean County Jail in his patrol car. During the ride, Respondent repeatedly called the officer a "fucking idiot." Respondent also told the officer: "I'm a lawyer. Remember that. I dare you," "Wait till I get done with you," "I'll be a judge and you won't," "I'm a fucking lawyer that actually will fucking kick your ass. No, I will. Ask Judge Robb. Ask Justice Knecht," "Don't make me call you into court. Don't. Because I will."

On September 14, 2011, Respondent pled guilty to the charge of disorderly conduct...

(Mike Frisch)

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