Lawyer’s Suspension Overturned by Judge

Tennessee Senior Judge Paul A. Summers last week dismissed a decision by the Board of Professional Responsibility to impose a 60-day suspension on Memphis lawyer Sadler Bailey, The Commercial Appeal reports. The suspension had been imposed for "disrespect and sarcasm" before Circuit Court Judge Karen Williams during a medical malpractice trial in 2008. Calling the suspension “arbitrary or capricious and characterized by abuse of discretion,” Summers instead ordered Bailey to be publicly reprimanded. Summers based his decision in part on the fact that the comments in question were not witnessed by a jury or members of the public thus not harming the judicial system.