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Friday, March 21, 2014

Lawyer Suspended for Posting Video on YouTube

On March 14, 2014, the Illinois Supreme Court suspended a lawyer for five months after he posted a video he obtained through discovery of an undercover drug buy.  The lawyer thought the video exonerated his client by showing police planted drugs on his client, but the video actually showed his client delivering drugs to a buyer. He violated the attorney ethical rules by not obtaining informed consent before disclosing information about a client, which harmed his client in the criminal proceedings.

Attorneys should be aware of how their social media activities can affect their ethical obligations.

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