Block on Trump's Asylum Ban Upheld by Supreme Court
It seems that Thomas Liotti was pretty peeved after the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals admonished him in December for five different charges of attorney misconduct.
Some attorneys might have picked up a pint of ice cream, curled up in pajamas, and watched some reality TV to cope with appellate admonishment.
Liotti, on the other hand, filed a petition of certiorari, asking the Supreme Court to benchslap the Fourth Circuit for benchslapping him.
The Supreme Court denied the petition in June, reports New York Law Journal. (Brief thanks, NYLJ!)
The Fourth Circuit asserted that Liotti made factual misrepresentations while representing Jonathan Giannone. (Giannone was accused of identity theft.) Liotti didn't argue with the judges or insult the court's integrity in his response affidavit. He acknowledged that he had made mistakes, apologized, and offered assurances that the mistakes were unintentional.
While the Fourth Circuit panel noted that the attorney misconduct was "isolated event, and ... inconsistent with his otherwise fine career," the judges nonetheless concluded that discipline was proper.
Liotti opted to fight back with perhaps the single greatest petition for certiorari ever, accusing the "checkered" Fourth Circuit of targeting him for being a Yankee with an ethnic surname. Among his choice words about the Richmond-based appellate court, Liotti wrote:
We suspect that Liotti has no plans to appear before the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in the future.
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