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A judge has called the conduct of an Athens, Ga., lawyer “so ignoble as to bring the legal profession in disrepute.”

In a strongly worded June 11 order related to motions for attorney fees in a personal injury case, Western Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge David R. Sweat rebuked James W. Smith for “disturbing” remarks he made about a small pin worn by opposing counsel Andrew H. Marshall. The pin, a gold star on a purple background, was given to Marshall by the Army to honor his 21-year-old son, Evan Marshall, a soldier killed in an ambush near the Iraqi city of Mosul in January.

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