19 May 2008

Yes, Prosecutors Can Be Sanctioned

For those of you who don't believe that prosecutors get sanctioned, there's one man who disproves your theory:

While chief elected prosecutor he got in trouble for writing an inappropriate letter to a judge, getting in a physical fight with a defense attorney, and requiring a $25,000 donation to charities of his choice as part of a plea deal. He got five days in jail for the fight and a six month suspension of his license for the donation.

Of course, he later went on to become a high-powered defense attorney who spent time in jail for yelling at a State trial judge. After flouting federal court rules he got 90 days in jail and 90 more for violating his probation; he was also disbarred in a federal district. He was later suspended and finally disbarred by the State.

Then he went to Australia and tried to become a Barrister. For some reason they turned him down. In fact, while there are many people who can recite the facts above (and many more) by rote, the Australian rejection document is the best laid out for those not familiar with the man (This is an amazing must read).

So, what do you do when you are disbarred and can't get licensed (even in another country)?

You become a politician in your State's House. I kid you not.

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