Lawyer, Liar, Cheat Forged Judge's Signature to Trick Client
Attorney discipline is not usually creative. For the most part, it's the same old stuff over and over again: suspensions, reprimands, wrist slaps, fines, and disbarments.
However, for one Wisconsin lawyer, his criminal punishment was actually a mitigating factor for his attorney discipline. But that's likely due to the fact that part of his sentence for his criminal conviction involves telling every client he works for the following:
I am a crook. I am a cheat. I am a thief. I am a liar. I was convicted of a crime on November 9th, 2015. My conviction resulted from my intentional choice to sell my own clients down the river and then No. 2016AP563-D 13 trying to cover it up. You may not hire me or have me legally represent you in any fashion until you read the Criminal Complaint and Judgment of Conviction in my Outagamie County Wisconsin Case no. 15-CM878. This disclosure is required as one of the conditions of my probation.
What'd He Do?
Apparently, this lawyer has a thing for promising what he can't deliver. On more than one occasion, he has lied to criminal defense client by telling them he could obtain results that he could not. And while some folks can forgive a little puffery, or a small lie here or there, this lawyer repeatedly lied, and kept lying and delaying the inevitable discovery of the truth. When pressed for documentation, he fabricated it. He also admitted to much of this as well, though, reading through one of the complaints, one can't help but get the sense that his admissions were made at gun point.
What'd He Get?
The lawyer in question was not only sentenced to destroy his legal practice, but he also got a handful of days behind bars, as well as a full year of probation. But that's just from his first case. After the criminal sentence was handed down, he also earned himself a solid year of being suspended from the practice of law.
And just when you thought that the hole he dug couldn't get any deeper, he's facing additional charges for doing the exact same thing to another client.
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