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January 16, 2009

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Public Integrity Lawyers do have strict ethical obligations to the Bars of the States of which they are a member. I would hope that this case of "I mispoke" (in many recent cases and under oath appearances, this kind of answer has been a simple case of willful lying or perjury) will be reported by persons with knowledge of the states that this attorney is licensed in so that their ethics committee can take a full look at what was this person was apparently attempting to hide and whether her behavior was guided by hideous ideology or some other reason. If I were the judge, I would place her under oath and require her to inform him what transpired. Lawyers DO have reason to, and should be able to rely on statements made by members of the Bar who have a sworn obligation to be truthful in answering questions asked by the court, particularly those lawyers who are in governmental positions that require even higher ethical standards than those lawyers who are advocates for a particular client or cause.

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