Antagonism Toward Adversary Leads to Sanction

, New York Law Journal


Ossining attorney Michael Deem was cautioned in 2011 by Judge Shira Scheindlin to "ratchet down" what the judge concluded were baseless personal attacks against an attorney for Westchester County, but in an opinion issued Monday, the judge said Deem failed to heed her warning.

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  • dem58

    Kudos Judge Scheindlin.
    The gentlemenly profession of law apparently evaporated many years ago, to be replaced by uncivil behavior towards an opposing party's attorney that at many times steps far over the line of client advocacy and into the land of rude, ignorant and obnoxious behavior. It is gratifying to see a judge sanction a plaintiff's attorney who baselessly called a gov't attorney's ethics into question. Too often, in my opinion, judges are willing to overlook such wanton comments if it's directed towards a government employee.

  • jsb53

    What do we tell our kids???......"Play nice"......this is an expensive lesson.

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