In the famous “Red Dot” episode of Seinfeld, George Costanza has sex in his office with a character known only as “the cleaning woman.” His boss finds out. Here’s their ensuing exchange :
(Scene) In the boss’ office.
- Boss: I’m going to get right to the point. It has come to my attention that you and the cleaning woman have engaged in sexual intercourse on the desk in your office. Is that correct?
- George: Who said that?
- Boss: She did.
- George: Was that wrong? Should I have not done that? I tell you I gotta plead ingnorance on this thing because if anyone had said anything to me at all when I first started here that that sort of thing was frouned upon, you know, cause I’ve worked in a lot of offices and I tell you peope do that all the time.
- Boss: You’re fired.
- George: Well you didn’t have to say it like that.
Costanza’s response served as my inspiration for a semi-regular Was That Wrong? column on the blog. The column features stories of the absurd & outrageous from the world of legal ethics and attorney discipline, highlighting misconduct that I hope you’ll instinctively avoid without needing a CLE that urges you to do so. The original Was That Wrong is HERE. It involved a Florida case, and the Sunshine States brings us this edition as well.
The story is HERE. And here’s how I envision it:
- Courthouse Security: “It has come to our attention that:
- in 2014 the bank foreclosed on a strip club that you own;
- in September 2015 your law license was suspended on an emergency basis as a result of lots of money missing from your trust account;
- today, you came to this courthouse for a final disciplinary hearing on the trust account charges;
- your bag went through our X-Ray machine;
- we noticed what looked like a gun; and
- we found a fully-loaded Ruger .45 caliber handgun with one in the chamber.
- Lawyer: “Was that wrong?”