First, it is important to take full responsibility for what we do as
professionals even when it is painful. I have agreed to a public censure. I regret
my decision making, and have accepted responsibility for it.
It is important to take full responsibility for what we do as professionals, even when it is painful. I have agreed to a public censure. I regret my decision making and have accepted responsibility for it.
A second lesson of which I understand fully is that legal decision making
cannot be a function of friendship. I regret avoiding asking the hard questions that
needed to be put to an old friend, questions that I'd probably ask of almost any
other client. In addition, I accepted multiple explanations for my friend's conduct
too readily. In this regard, friendship and trust affected my judgment. After four
decades of criminal defense work, including complex, white collar crime cases, I
should have been more attentive to warning signs and less open to rationalizations
that, in fact, were "red flags."
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