Atty's Bottle Of Wine Apology Not Enough To Stop Sanctions

Law360, New York (October 17, 2012, 2:59 PM EDT) -- The Eleventh Circuit on Monday affirmed a lower court’s sanctions and suspension order against a Florida attorney who offered a bottle of wine to a bankruptcy judge after calling his findings “half-baked.”

A three-judge panel ruled in an unpublished opinion that U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge John Olson did not violate attorney Kevin Gleason’s First Amendment rights when he suspended him for 60 days after receiving the peace offering.

“Gleason has identified no authority supporting his contention that the First Amendment shields from sanctions an attorney who...
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