May 21, 2004

Dogging the Witness

by Nick Morgan

As if it were hard enough to make practicing law fun, the system is making it harder:

    A Manhattan judge has fined an attorney $8,500 for barking like a dog at a witness and other bad behavior, according to a decision published in the New York Law Journal Thursday.

Other bad behavior? Involving a fire hydrant? I wouldn't give the guy a scooby snack, but $8500 bucks is pretty harsh.

(Link from How Appealing)

May 21, 2004 12:01 PM | TrackBack

I've got to disagree with you here, Nick. That lawyer (appropriately named "Fink") wasn't trying to make practicing law fun, he was being an ass, wasting the other side's time and money, and wasting the court's time.

That's what the contempt power is for. I wouldn't doubt if the penalty wasn't tied to the amount of money in fees that the other side had to spend responding to Fink's loutish behavior.

Posted by: BTD Greg at May 21, 2004 01:03 PM

Was the judge's bite worse than the lawyer's bark? In the old days, the judge would have given Fink a can of Thrivo. Cruel and unusual punishment?

Posted by: Shag from Brookline at May 21, 2004 05:34 PM

Greg, that's a reasonable point, but I was hoping my post would come across tongue-in-cheek. I guess that's what happens when the unqualified attempt humor....

Posted by: Nick Morgan at May 22, 2004 04:47 PM
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