Friday, November 24, 2023
The Arizona Presiding Disciplinary Judge has approved a six-month and a day suspension of an attorney for criminal conduct toward his ex-wife
The Agreement sets forth the factual background for the ethical violations, which is not repeated herein. Mr. Fredenberg pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor offenses: harassment, in violation of A.R.S. § 13-2921(A), and interference with judicial proceedings, in violation of A.R.S. § 13-2810(A)(2). The convictions were based on actions he took against his former spouse, “with whom he was engaged in contentious family law proceedings.” Mr. Fredenberg created fake dating profiles for his former spouse, posting sexually explicit content and redirecting men responding to the profile to his former spouse, using her actual telephone number. His former spouse began “receiving unwanted graphic nude photographs and sexually explicit text messages from men.” Mr. Fredenberg also contacted his former spouse by email, in violation of an existing protective order.
Because Mr. Fredenberg will be required to seek reinstatement under Rule 65 -- which will require him to prove by clear and convincing evidence his rehabilitation (among other things), the PDJ will accept the negotiated agreement as minimally adequate to serve the recognized purposes of the attorney discipline system. The likelihood of Mr. Fredenberg completing the necessary rehabilitation in six months and one day seems low, but resolution of that issue (and others) must abide further proceedings.