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Lawyer suspended for false statements

  • Blog Post by: James Eli Shiffer
  • September 20, 2011 - 12:40 PM

Posted on behalf of my colleague Jane Friedmann:

A Minneapolis lawyer who made false statements under oath while being interviewed as a potential juror was suspended last week for 60 days, according to an order by the state Supreme Court.

On a questionnaire, Benjamin Warpeha failed to disclose a 2004 misdemeanor conviction for indecent conduct and, while under oath, made misrepresentations. The conviction, which was under a stay of imposition, was later dismissed.
The case for which Warpeha was being considered as a juror involved a defendant charged with kidnapping and first-degree criminal sexual conduct.

In addition to the suspension, Warpeha agreed to pay $900 in court costs and retake the professional responsibility portion of the state bar exam.

Read the petition here: 

Warpeha petition

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