March 13, 2018 Top Story

Monetary Offer for Witness Testimony Triggers Suspension

Public reprimand not sufficient for deliberate act

By Onika K. Williams

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.

An attorney who tried to bribe a witness received a suspension without a public reprimand

An attorney who tried to bribe a witness received a suspension without a public reprimand

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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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