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State ex rel. Counsel for Discipline of Nebraska Supreme Court v. Lopez Wilson

Supreme Court of Nebraska
262 Neb. 653 (2001)


Facts

Joseph Lopez Wilson (defendant), who was admitted to the state bar in Nebraska, represented Carlos Moreno for several years. In one case, Wilson obtained a visa for Moreno to work for a software company. A few years later, the software company reorganized, and Moreno lost his job. Wilson also represented Moreno when Moreno and his wife divorced. Through these representations, Wilson and Moreno became close friends, and Wilson stopped charging Moreno for his legal services. During this time, Wilson and his wife separated, and Wilson’s estranged wife and Moreno started a relationship. When Wilson learned of the relationship, he threatened to report to the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) that Moreno’s job status had changed, which would impact his visa. Wilson also threatened to re-open Moreno’s divorce case and report that Moreno misstated his assets to the court. Wilson threatened Moreno in phone calls and in-person visits, demanding money for Wilson’s prior legal services in exchange for not reporting Moreno to the INS and the court. Moreno obtained a protective order against Wilson and filed a complaint with the state bar.

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