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The Friday Whine by Brian L. Tannebaum 11/3/17

Posted on November 3, 2017 in

The Friday Whine is a casual blog and contains three things: An ethics update, a legal profession update, and wine recommendation. If you see text in blue, it is a link to an article or information.


Harvey Weinsteined Out Of The Bar

It seems like there is now daily news of sexual harassment, and it will continue. Appears Kevin Spacey’s conduct is not just jumping on some 14 year old kid at a party, there’s more. As more victims feel the courage to come forward, more allegations will be made. Careers will be ended, reputations will be ruined.

By the way, lawyers, sex with clients is unethical, and severely sanctioned.

It’s about to happen to one Florida Lawyer based on this:

While in adjacent interview rooms at the detention facility, respondent and the two female inmates engaged in sexual activities initiated by respondent. Respondent solicited the sexual conduct with Ms. Mulero-Garces by depositing money into her personal bank account and with Ms. Dillman by promising free or discounted legal services designed to achieve a reduced jail sentence.

Recommended discipline? A Public Reprimand? Short suspension?

Suspension from the practice of law for 18 months.

Then the lawyer has to apply for reinstatement, which can take another year.

Legal Profession

Contempt at Gitmo

This story has fascinated me all week.

Lawyers defending an inmate in a military tribunal withdrew from representation. The judge said it wasn’t proper. There was a hearing, the supervisor of the lawyers was held in contempt. He has to stay in his room for 21 days and pay a $1,000 fine.

It’s a story full of legal ethics and drama that will continue with questions of who is right.

The short story is here, and if you’re on twitter. I highly recommend you look at the tweets of @carolrosenberg, the Miami Herald reporter covering Gitmo.


Thanksgiving Wine, Part I

A reminder that the “what wine goes with” discussion is prohibited here. The wine you should drink at Thanksgiving is the wine you like.

In thinking about the typical “what red should I get,” I am going to discuss white.

White wine with your turkey dinner. You will love it. Not Chardonnay, not Pinot Grigio, but Chablis, or Sauvignon Blanc. Don’t believe me? Go get a Turkey sandwich stop by Wolfe’s Wine Shoppe in Coral Gables (who just raised $15,120 for Napa and Sonoma fire relief) and a glass of one of these in the next week: