June 25, 2018
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Judge clears Portland lawyers in ethics case

The Associated Press

PORTLAND, Maine — A Maine supreme court justice has ruled that six lawyers from a Portland firm did not violate any code of professional responsibility related to a partner’s theft from the firm and its clients.

Justice Donald Alexander on Wednesday said that while Verrill Dana’s management team may have been too trusting of John Duncan, the team promptly reported it when the true extent of his misconduct was revealed.

Duncan was disbarred and served two years in federal prison for stealing about $300,000 from clients.

The Maine Board of Overseers of the Barhad sought professional sanctions against the lawyers, accusing them of breaking ethics rules by engaging in “willful blindness” to the misconduct of Duncan three years ago.

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