Lawyer appeals discipline for comments about judge

WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut lawyer facing a four-month suspension of his law license for criticizing a state judge has been granted a stay of the punishment while he appeals to the state Appellate Court.

The Register Citizen of Torrington reports that Robert Serafinowicz’s license was to be suspended Jan. 2, but a state judge in Waterbury granted a stay citing the length of the suspension.

Serafinowicz filed a complaint against Judge Burton Kaplan after an Ansonia police officer he represented was acquitted of stealing a garden hose. Serafinowicz said Kaplan “plays favorites,” is “a disgrace to the bench” and doesn’t give people a “fair shake.”

Serafinowicz’s attorney, Norman Pattis, says the suspension is too long and violates free speech rights.

It’s not clear when the Appellate Court will hear Serafinowicz’s appeal.

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Information from: The Register Citizen

 

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