The Wages of Sin: Lawyers in Trouble

Some earn prison, while others win redemption.

, The National Law Journal


Former U.S. Sen. John Edwards emerged from a very public sex scandal with his reputation tarnished, but his law license intact. Other lawyers embroiled in some of the biggest scandals to hit the legal world over the past decade haven't fared as well. Some went to jail, some were disbarred and all had to face the court of public opinion.

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  • Pancho

    What? No mention of former Kansas A.G. Phill Kline?

    He was found guilty of 11 separate sections of the state bar's ethics code. His license has been suspended indefinitely.

    Kline was notorious for his endless attacks on Planned Parenthood. He terrorized Dr. George Tiller, fanning the flames of fanatics, bringing groundless prosecutions, even appearing on Bill O'Reilly's show where he disclosed confidential case information, until the doctor was finally assassinated while ushering in his church.

    Kline held illegal serial meetings in defiance of the Open Meetings Act and lied about them, virtually ended state consumer protection, promoted banned for-profit prisons, failed to prosecute a creationist thief on the state board of education, illegally shared subpoenaed patient medical files, and received illegal election help from a now-revoked tax exempt non-profit, a radical anti-abortionist organization.

    He is now a visiting professor at Liberty University's law school.

  • Darren McKinney, American Tort Reform Association, Washington, D.C.

    Steve Donziger probably read this and imagined his inclusion in a similar story next year. Depending on how Chevron's RICO suit against him goes, his high flying days may be a thing of the past.

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