Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Dickhead Lawyer Has Foul-Mouth
Richard Shackleton, a New Jersey Township Lawyer went out for a little Gun Range live pigeon shoot and just couldn't let the nearby protestors, alone. Shakleton, after having his way with the birds cruised into the crowd of protestors and according to the ABAJournal website unleashed a vile rant including:
"'Go f--- yourself, you rotten c---,'
Shackleton’s invective was caught on videotape, as was his later refusal to apologize when confronted during the public comment period of a township meeting, the story says. 'I meant every word of it,' Shackleton said. An employee of the group, Showing Animals Respect and Kindness (shortened to SHARK) filed the ethics grievance, while the Pennsylvania lawyer he addressed, Marianne Bessey, filed the private criminal complaint after police did not file charges."
Shackleton now faces ethics charges and misdemeanor disorderly public allegations for his behavior and use of anglo-saxons. It sounds like the New Jersey ethics authorities are going to use their First Amendment rights to reprimand Mr. Shakleton at some point in the not too distant future. When the ethics police do this, it will be a victory for political correctness or courtesy.
I remember the first time I heard lawyers use this kind of language with one another--even as an ex-Army tank commander from the, . . . er, Viet Nam "era," I was pretty surprised and shocked. Really, there are rules of conduct applicable to this sort of language and conduct. I really don't get this language coming from a lawyer particularly a public servant in public. It's not illegal to talk this way, but it's not living up to the aspirational ideals of the "profession." It's also not an ethics issue.