It seems some lawyers have been losing their professional demeanor in the workplace, with embarrassing results.
First, media reports had stated that a complaint had been filed with the Florida Bar Association regarding one of Casey Anthony’s attorneys, Cheney Mason, for greeting some members of the press and bystanders with his middle finger after Anthony’s acquittal.
While the gesture was made in a restaurant and not the courtroom, reports that a Coral Gable attorney brought an ethics complaint under the Florida Bar’s regulatory policy that prohibits attorneys from public behavior that reflect poorly on the integrity of the profession were denied by a Bar Association spokesperson.
Yes, there is a photo of what the Washington Post called a “rude gesture” online, and it’s generated a lot of comments about what is professional demeanor for attorneys.
Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser is in trouble for two reported incidents of behaving badly. He supposedly put a choke hold on fellow Justice Ann Walsh Bradley when she asked him to leave her office when they had a confrontation over employees' collective bargaining rights. This incident is under investigation.
Prosser previously had confirmed to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that he had called Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson a “total bitch” during a “heated discussion” over some controversial e-mails.
HRSBT was under the impression that attorneys never acted injudiciously.