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Sanctioned Lawyer Allegedly Offered Clients His 'Couch of Restitution'

A disciplinary proceeding that came out of Michigan last week may introduce a new phrase to the legal world: "The Couch of Restitution."

The Legal Profession blog reports that on Nov. 23, the Michigan Attorney Discipline Board affirmed findings of misconduct and imposed a 180-day sanction on an attorney who had pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor assault and battery, but failed to report the conviction to bar authorities. The conviction emerged, however, when a former client requested an investigation.

Among other salacious allegations, the Board wrote that not one but two women testified that the divorce lawyer in question responded to their inquiries as to how much they owed him for his work by closing the office blinds and telling them his fees could be paid on his "couch of restitution."

Posted by Bruce Carton on December 1, 2009 at 02:10 PM | Permalink | Comments (3)


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