Monroe attorney Carol Powell-Lexing may be getting close to a violation of Louisiana’s Rules of Professional Conduct for attorneys. She had some pointed remarks about Second Judicial (Bienville, Claiborne, Jackson parishes) District Court Division B Judge Jimmy Teat’s ruling last week in the matter of State v Jonesboro.
From The (Monroe) News Star, July 25, 2012
Town attorney Carol Powell-Lexing called the judgment a “racial and political takeover” of the town. She plans to file a motion with the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeal Wednesday.
“For political reasons we anticipated the judge would rule against us. We’re ready to roll to fight this racial, political takeover,” Powell-Lexing said.
Here is the pertinent rule:
(a) A lawyer shall not make a statement that the lawyer knows to be false or with reckless disregard as to its truth or falsity concerning the qualifications or integrity of a judge, adjudicatory officer or public legal officer, or of a candidate for election or appointment to judicial or legal office.