In re Knight
Vermont Supreme Court
281 A.2d 46 (1971)
William J. Knight (defendant) was an attorney who worked for another attorney, John B. Harrington. Harrington was hired to represent a party in a divorce proceeding. As part of this engagement, Harrington developed and executed a scheme to catch the opposing party in the divorce proceeding engaging in an adulterous act, with the purpose of extorting the opposing party. Specifically, Harrington hired a young woman to meet with the opposing party, while Harrington would take pictures and sound recordings of the compromising encounter. Knight was present during the planning and participated in the execution of this scheme. Harrington was prosecuted for extortion and disbarred. Although Knight was not prosecuted for extortion, the Vermont attorney general (plaintiff) filed a presentment seeking to suspend Knight from the practice of law.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Per curiam)
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