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Last August, attorney Stanley Frankfurt was suspended for three months based on a conviction for contempt of court and his guilty plea to fourth-degree stalking of New Jersey’s Passaic County Superior Court Judge Marilyn Clark. Now, Frankfurt is again in ethics trouble for erratic behavior. The state’s Disciplinary Review Board urged a reprimand for Frankfurt for repeatedly failing to appear for pre-trial conferences, for behaving abusively to the case manager and a judge’s secretary, and for appearing on the date of trial only under threat of sanctions. When he did appear, he announced himself unprepared to proceed, even though he chose the date after two last-minute continuances. That conduct predated the stalking incident, which the DRB didn’t use as an aggravating factor. Finding multiple violations of the Rules of Professional Conduct — including one which requires attorneys to act with courtesy and consideration — five of the nine members voted for reprimand, two for suspension and two members abstained. Frankfurt waived an appearance but filed a written answer stating he misunderstood Middlesex County “procedures and protocol” for scheduling criminal trials, which he argued were less flexible than the northern New Jersey ones to which he was accustomed.

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