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Man put on stand, though lawyer was absent

Posted by: Jane Friedmann under Businesses in hot water, Whistleblower Updated: November 26, 2012 - 6:07 PM
A lawyer who represented a defendant in a burglary case was reprimanded and placed on two years’ probation after calling as a witness a co-defendant whose attorney was not in the courtroom, according to a Supreme Court ruling this month.
Susan A. Yager, of Plymouth, called the man to the stand during a hearing for her client, although she had failed to list the man as a witness or notify his attorney of her intentions, an Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility petition stated.
During questioning, the man admitted committing “these burglaries” and said Yager’s client had not. The court halted the questioning after the prosecutor noticed the lawyer’s absence.
In another case, Yager failed to submit a petition for expungement in a timely way.

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