You’ll have to forgive the language. Goodness it’s mild compared to what this lawyer deserves. Judge sweat should be applauded for slapping the lawyer down.
In a strongly worded June 11 order related to motions for attorney’s fees in a personal injury case, Western Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge David R. Sweat rebuked James W. Smith for “disturbing” remarks he made about a small pin worn by opposing counsel Andrew H. Marshall. The pin, a gold star on a purple background, was given to Marshall by the Army to honor his 21-year-old son, Evan Marshall, a soldier killed in an ambush near the Iraqi city of Mosul in January.
Sweat termed Smith’s remarks a “verbal assault” that was “intended to provoke Mr. Marshall on a matter of great personal tragedy.”
Smith, a sole practitioner who ran unsuccessfully in 2000 for Athens-Clarke County district attorney, declined to discuss the case on the record.