In re Hansen

318 N.W.2d 856 (1982)

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In re Hansen

United States District Court for the District of Minnesota
318 N.W.2d 856 (1982)

Facts

Clifford F. Hansen (defendant), an 88-year-old attorney, represented a landlord in a lawsuit brought by a tenant to recover a security deposit. After a jury trial, the jury awarded the tenants the security deposit plus punitive damages. Hansen then wrote a letter to his client criticizing the jurors. Hansen also sent copies of this letter to each juror. The tenants’ lawyer filed an ethics complaint with the state’s Lawyer Professional Responsibility Board (board) (plaintiff), and the board conducted an investigation. Around that time, Hansen filed a lawsuit against the state’s ethics committee and the board. He then filed another lawsuit against the tenants, their lawyer, and the court, among others, accusing the tenants’ lawyer of fabricating evidence and the court of misconstruing the law. After those suits were dismissed, Hansen filed another lawsuit, this time against the State of Minnesota and the Minnesota Supreme Court, the American Bar Association, and others for initiating disciplinary proceedings against Hansen. This case was also dismissed. Following an investigation, the board recommended that Hansen be indefinitely suspended for engaging in harassing conduct.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Per curiam)

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