Legal Ethics

Judge Resigns After Caught Texting Prosecutor During Trial

A Texas judge recently resigned after it was discovered that she had been texting a prosecutor during the trial. Not only was the judge texting the prosecutor, which constitutes ex parte communications, meaning communications without the defense side being present, but the content of the communications were intended to assist the prosecution’s case. The judge… view more

Pennsylvania DUI Lawyer Accepted Oral Sex In Lieu of Payment

By Jason Dunkle on G+ In a relatively routine situation in Pennsylvania, a woman was charged with driving under the influence, and she met with a DUI attorney to discuss representation. The current DUI was a second offense because the woman had previously completed the Pennsylvania Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) program. At the meeting, the… view more

Pennsylvania Judge Charged For Refusing Charges Against Son

By Jason Dunkle on G+ In another recent example of justice being blind and the law applying to everyone, a Pennsylvania magisterial district judge was charged by the Attorney General with violations of the criminal law that also probably constitute violations of legal ethical rules as well.  The judge is accused of preventing a police… view more

Attorney Has Affair With Client and Bills for “Services”

By Jason Dunkle on G+ I still remember attending my first day of ethics class at the University of Pittsburgh, and the professor, the Honorable Judge R. Stanton Wettick, Jr., of the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas, posed the following question to the class, “Can you have sex with a client?” While almost everyone… view more

Defense Lawyers for PSU Administrators Claim Privilege Prohibits Testimony

THe criminal defense lawyers for former Penn State Administrators Tim Curley and Gary Schultz are trying to prohibit former General Counsel for Penn State, Attorney Cynthia Baldwin, from testifying against them in their upcoming preliminary hearings.  The criminal defense lawyers claim that Curley and Schultz believed that Baldwin was  representing them when they appeared before… view more