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Blogging lawyer admonished, ordered to post disclaimers

A Virginia State Bar discipline committee rejected First Amendment defenses and distinctions about public information to find misconduct on the part of a lawyer who blogged about his cases without client consent and without a disclaimer saying case results can be unreliable.

The eight-member district committee ordered Horace Hunter of Richmond to yank from his website any case accounts where the client did not agree to have the information posted. The panel also ordered Hunter to post a disclaimer that complies with the Rules of Professional Conduct.

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By Peter Vieth

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