In a strongly worded order, a Georgia judge has called the conduct of a solo "so ignoble as to bring the legal profession in disrepute." Judge David R. Sweat rebuked James W. Smith for "disturbing" remarks he made about a pin worn by opposing counsel Andrew H. Marshall at a deposition. The Army gave Marshall the pin to honor his 21-year-old son, who was killed in combat in Iraq. Sweat termed Smith's remarks a "verbal assault" that was "intended to provoke Marshall on a matter of great personal tragedy."
Judge Scolds Lawyer for 'Verbal Assault' of Opposing Counsel
June 24, 2008