A veteran family law and criminal defense attorney in Louisiana has had her law license suspended for nine months after sending an email to an opposing lawyer that could be interpreted as an extortion or bribery attempt tied to a pending criminal case, according to a Louisiana Supreme Court opinion.

DeVonna M. Ponthieu has been suspended by the state high court, although six of the nine months have been deferred, after admitting to sending an email on behalf of a client to counsel for her client’s allegedly dangerous and stalking boyfriend, according to the opinion.

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