In another instance of attorney behavior run amok, we have a significant ethics violation from an attorney who photographed his opposing counsel’s private documents in court. Terence Kindlon is a well-known criminal defense attorney in Albany, New York. He is also apparently an international man of mystery who thought it would be okay to photograph opposing counsel’s documents in the courtroom. With the prevalence of camera phones, it is kind of surprising we don’t hear of more of these occurrences. Unfortunately for Kindlon, he was caught, resulting in formal and public discipline.
Kindlon was recently publicly censured by a New York state appeals court in an order titled In the Matter of Terence L. Kindlon (PDF), dated September 27, 2012, D-43-12. Mr. Kindlon admitted to photographing a document on the prosecuting attorney’s table during a trial recess, without being given permission to examine the document.
More background on the situation can be found in an article about the Kindlon matter published by Reuters. Kindlon did not offer any excuses for his behavior.