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Suspension recommended for Illinois lawyer in judge website controversy

An Illinois Supreme Courtroom-run ethics listening to board recommended a 60-day suspension for an lawyer who it stated lied throughout an inquiry into her position in creating and operating a Fb web page and website criticizing a state judge.

Within the Wednesday submitting, the Lawyer Registration & Disciplinary Fee of the Supreme Courtroom of Illinois stated Margaret Jean Lowery performed an element in making a “Fire the Liar” website and Fb web page that slammed Andrew Gleeson, chief judge of the twentieth Judicial Circuit, as he was looking for to be retained as a circuit judge.

The listening to board stated the Fb web page and website had been used to submit disparaging and false messages about Gleeson, together with accusing him of racism.

In response to the submitting, Lowery helped arrange the websites however denied costs that she made the disparaging posts. The listening to board stated it was unable to verify she created the posts, however concluded she had lied throughout the ensuing probe, a violation of state lawyer conduct guidelines.

The board recommended she take a professionalism seminar in addition to the suspension.

Her lawyer, Adrian Vuckovich of Collins Bargione & Vuckovich, stated in a press release that the board “got it wrong” in concluding Lowery had been untruthful throughout the probe.

“Ms. Lowery was as honest as she can be and even tried to clarify the record so there was no misunderstanding. You also have to ask yourself if Ms. Lowery could have been untruthful about something she did not do, as the Panel found,” the assertion stated.

Lowery and her lawyer haven’t determined whether or not to attraction.

(A earlier model of this text incorrectly said that the listening to board suspended Lowery. It in reality solely recommended the 60-day suspension).

Chinekwu Osakwe

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