New Jersey’s Committee on Attorney Advertising held a hearing Monday to decide whether legal ethics rules were violated by the placing of a lawyer’s advertising leaflet on the windshield of a rape victim’s car.

The victim, known in court papers as K.D., claims an orange flyer from Fred Zemel’s Newark, N.J., firm appeared on her car on or about Feb. 19, 2007 — two months after the sexual assault occurred. It touted the firm’s services to anyone who had been the victim of “rape and assault in your building or apartment.” No other car parked nearby had such a flyer on it, leading K.D. to assume the flyer was directed at her, she says.

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