Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Cavuto Uses Ethically-Challenged Expert Witness To Push For Justice Kagan's Recusal

by Zachary Pleat/media matters

Fox News' Neil Cavuto relied on an attorney who was reprimanded by the Illinois Supreme Court for ethical violations to help further the right-wing media's case that Justice Elena Kagan should recuse herself from the upcoming hearing on the health care reform law on ethical grounds.
Several legal ethics experts and law professors have thrown cold water on the conservative media campaign to call on Kagan to recuse herself.
What Cavuto failed to point out about his expert witness, Chicago-area attorney Kelly Saindon, was that the Illinois Supreme Court suspended her for one month in 2010 because she "engaged in professional misconduct by violating state ethics law":
Ms. Saindon, who was licensed in 1998, was suspended for thirty days. Over a three year period, she neglected two civil cases and made false statements to her employer and a court regarding actions that she claimed to have taken on the matters. In one of the cases, she billed a client for work where there was no verifiable evidence that the work had been performed. The suspension is effective on June 7, 2010.
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