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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Lawyer Disciplined for Advising Client to Clean up Facebook Page

A lawyer in Virginia had his law license suspended last month for five years after he advised his client to clean up his Facebook page.  The lawyer was representing a plaintiff in a lawsuit brought against a driver who allegedly caused the death of his wife.  Shortly after the defense filed discovery requests for screen shots and other information from the plaintiff's Facebook page, the Virginia lawyer instructed his paralegal to tell the client to delete certain photos.  The defense lawyers recovered the deleted photos before trial, and the lawyer was brought before the state bar disciplinary board for violation of ethical rules governing candor toward the tribunal, fairness to opposing party and counsel, and misconduct.  

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