ALBANY – Six months after suspending an attorney for professional misconduct ranging from harassing his own clients to disclosing client confidences, an appellate panel in Albany has harshly criticized the same lawyer for his ineffective work in Family Court and for subjecting two victims of domestic violence to “tasteless and irrelevant, even prurient” cross examination.

The result of the Appellate Division, Third Department, decision is that the Tioga County Department of Social Services apparently will have to retry a child neglect case against a registered sex offender with children from two women, both of whom he is accused of abusing in the presence of children while also using marijuana.

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