Just received an email from Judge JOHN ADDISON HOWARD, a member of the Ethics Committee for the Maryland Bar Association. Obviously, he's forgotten he's a member of that group and responded thusly:
"Please do not write to me again except about a matter officially before this court. Regardless of the merits of your contentions, I am neither responsible for, charged with nor capable of pursuing investigations into matters such as you have written to me about."
I hope other Ethics Committee members are more aware of how they conduct themselves.
I'll let you know if I'm going to need anything. I'm consulting with cousel (one who knows the PA story well, BTW) in the near future. Hopefully with little fuss, but it may take some dough.
I hate even asking, but I'm just not financially able to deal with anything long and drawn out. We'll see how it goes.
Thank you guys SO MUCH for your support. It means the world.
Now if I could only get rid of the headache I've had since last night, and get back my concentration.
here ya go:
Didn't look at the forms, so I don't know if these can be filed only by someone with standing in the dealings w/the attorney.
 As a public citizen, a lawyer should seek improvement of the law, access to the legal system, the administration of justice and the quality of service rendered by the legal profession. As a member of a learned profession, a lawyer should cultivate knowledge of the law beyond its use for clients, employ that knowledge in reform of the law and work to strengthen legal education. In addition, a lawyer should further the public’s understanding of and confidence in the rule of law and the justice system because legal institutions in a constitutional democracy depend on popular participation and support to maintain their authority. A lawyer should be mindful of deficiencies in the administration of justice and of the fact that the poor, and sometimes persons who are not poor, cannot afford adequate legal assistance. Therefore, all lawyers should devote professional time and resources and use civic influence to ensure equal access to our system of justice for all those who because of economic or social barriers cannot afford or secure adequate legal counsel. A lawyer should aid the legal profession in pursuing these objectives and should help the bar regulate itself in the public interest.
(e) in trial, allude to any matter that the lawyer does not reasonably believe is relevant or that will not be supported by admissible evidence, assert personal knowledge of facts in issue except when testifying as a witness, or state a personal opinion as to the justness of a cause, the credibility of a witness, the culpability of a civil litigant or the guilt or innocence of an accused; or
Rule 8.4 Misconduct
It is professional misconduct for a lawyer to:
(a) violate or attempt to violate the Maryland Lawyers’ Rules of Professional Conduct, knowingly assist or induce another to do so, or do so through the acts of another;
(c) engage in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation;
Perhaps other employees will step out, start a dialogue about their experiences with PA, and expose this monster from the inside out.
Warning: You may need a bucket or airsick bag after reading this blog.
Why not just go to the ACLU and claim that PA is trying to muzzle your right to free speech? Or drag the whole thing out in public with your local news network and go from there?
I would also e-mail that judge back and request that he direct you to the proper office for such complaints. Since YOU pay HIS salary, he should do that much.
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This really pisses me off. Don't worry, Christine. They won't win!