Targeting judges in online petition leads to family lawyer's suspension

Posted on 03-31-2015 by
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You win some and you lose some. No lawyer wins every single case they take on. However, according to Lawdiva, sometimes it’s what happens post-decision that causes a greater problem.

In this case, family law lawyer Joyce Nanin McCool helped a mother, Raven Boyd in a difficult case. The case included allegations that the children’s father had sexually abused them. After litigation by two different judges, she was unable to prove Boyd’s claims. McCool would decide to take an alternative route to help her case.

McCool would initiate an online petition that asked supporters to:

Sign our petition telling the judges that there can be no justice … if the law and evidence is ignored, Ask yourself, what if these were your daughters? … Horrified? Call the judges and let them know.

The site contained many problems. The site included:

  • Information that was not to be made public due to a sealing order
  • Links to audio recordings of her client questioning the children about the alleged sexual abuse, again contrary to an order made by the Court.
  • Misleading statements about Judge Gambrell and Judge Amacker and their alleged refusal to listen to recordings of the children accusing their father

McCool would not stop there, but went as far as to post rant-esque tweets on Twitter, once posting:

“Judge Gambrell at it again – turned a 4 YO child over to a validated abuser – PLEASE TELL ME WHAT IT WILL TAKE FOR EVERYONE TO SAY ‘ENOUGH’.”

After a formal complaint was filed against Ms. McCool, she was suspended a year and a day along with a mandatory ethics program.

What do you think about the actions taken by Ms.McCool? Do you think the punishment matched her actions?

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