An Indiana lawyer has been suspended for 30 days by the Indiana Supreme Court because of a comment that he used in a letter. (ABA Journal). The lawyer, Joseph B. Barker, wrote a 2009 letter to an opposing counsel to protest a client’s access to his child, in a custody case.
Here’s what the letter said that brought the suspension:
“Your client doesn’t understand what laws and court orders mean I guess. Probably because she’s an illegal alien to begin with. I want you to repeat to her in whatever language she understands that we’ll be demanding she be put in JAIL for contempt of court. I’m filing a copy of this letter with the court to document the seriousness of this problem.”
The Indiana Supreme Court ruled that the letter violated ethics rules because it “had no substantial purpose other than to embarrass, burden or delay a third person”.
I know what you are thinking. He should not have used contractions in a formal letter. Wait… that’s not what you are thinking?
DID YOU KNOW that Coca-Cola would be green if coloring was not added to it? I guess I am more surprised that you can bake a ham that has been basted with Coca-Cola, to produce a delicious gravy. At least that’s what they say!
And for pic o’ day, here’s what you can say today if someone catches you sleeping:
We have all heard that the only thing certain is death and taxes. This story is about one man’s interests in life that cannot be part of his monument in death. (story)
An Indiana woman wanted to honor her husband’s interests in sports with a special black granite headstone at the grave. Shannon Carr spent $9600 on a headstone that is shaped like a couch. It features images of a deer, a dog and various color logos of NASCAR and the Indianapolis Colts.
Once the St Joseph Catholic Church learned of the unusual monument, they put a stop to having it placed in their cemetery, where the man is now buried. The Rev. Jonathan Meyer notified the monument maker that the headstone did not meet the cemetery standards in the century-old graveyard.
The wife has now filed suit against the church for refusing to install it, alleging that these regulations did not exist when she purchased the headstone and that she had shown pictures of her anticipated purchase to the cemetery representatives and they had not objected to the monument.
The church says otherwise. They claim that at all times they had told her that the monument was not acceptable. As the priest said, “We have consistently communicated the same message prior to her purchase. We did not think a granite couch was an appropriate monument in our historic cemetery”.
The wife claims that she now has bitterness against the church. When I read the story, I could not remember ever seeing a couch in a cemetery. However, I did notice that no one was complaining about the Colts logo. As a Colts fan, I had to appreciate that!
I promise not to bombard you every day with a St. Patrick’s Day picture; but this is one that made me smile, was sent by my mom and is a little bit connected to the blog.