Thursday, January 22, 2009

Getting away with it

So you're a lawyer and should act ethically (yeah, I know what you are thinking, but most really do). Suppose you work for the government and don't like your boss. What to do? How about write a 'poison pen' letter... posing as someone else? And if you get caught, so what?


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A Connecticut state government lawyer has agreed to pay a $1,000 fine for posing as an anonymous whistleblower in a letter that played a role in her boss' firing.

The Office of State Ethics says Maureen Duggan, former attorney with the old State Ethics Commission, failed to conduct herself ``in a manner which promotes the integrity and impartiality'' of the commission.

Duggan has admitted she wrote a 2004 letter pretending to be an anonymous parking lot attendant, raising misconduct concerns about then-state Ethics Director Alan Plofsky. She says she feared retaliation.

Plofsky was later fired. He denied all charges and appealed to a state panel that reinstated him, but not to his old job. He retired in May 2008.

Duggan now works for the Department of Children and Families.

She should have been disbarred and fired. I don't know what kind of person Plofsky is, or what kind of boss he was. He got rail-roaded, and this woman helped.

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