April 01, 2018

Monetary Offer for Witness Testimony Triggers Suspension

Onika K. Williams

Reprinted with permission from Litigation News, March 13, 2018. ©2018 by the American Bar Association. Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved. This information or any or portion thereof may not be copied or disseminated in any form or by any means or stored in an electronic database or retrieval system without the express written consent of the American Bar Association.

An attorney who threatens and offers money to a witness for testimony receives a suspension instead of a public reprimand. The Nevada Supreme Court issued a 35-day suspension to an attorney who violated rules requiring fairness to the other party and barring conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice. The court rejected a recommendation from a state disciplinary panel to only publicly reprimand the attorney. Matter of Discipline of Callister serves as a reminder that lawyers must follow ethical standards even when they zealously try to expose wrongdoing.

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