Lawyer fights ethics allegations with ABA Journal story


Lawyer fights ethics allegations with ABA Journal story

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An Alabama attorney told state bar officials he didn’t think he had to respond to a TV station’s ethics allegation because it stemmed from “viral fake news.”

Attorney Richard Jensen of Huntsville, Alabama, provided this written response to the Alabama State Bar’s General Counsel’s Office on Jan. 31, WAAY-TV reports. The Huntsville Television Station had complained to the bar that Jensen had offered an interview about a capital murder case in exchange for coverage of his home movie.

WAAY-TV reported the incident in January. The broadcaster said Jensen made the offer when she contacted him to comment on his police client charged with the shooting death of his pregnant girlfriend.

In his response to the attorney general’s investigators, Jensen included a copy of an ABA Journal article in which he told his side of the story, according to WAAY-TV.

Jensen wrote that he responded to the WAAY-TV report “in the only outlet that would publish the truth about the case, the ABA Journal.”

Jensen had told the Journal that his frustration at the local media’s inability to cover his film had been misinterpreted as an offer to give an interview in exchange for coverage. He said he never comments on cases and he told a WAAY-TV reporter he had nothing to say.

But when the reporter became testy, Jensen said, he replied: Why would he give the media access to himself when the media hasn’t responded to his press releases for a year? If you expect me to give you access, you must be available to me when I have something to tell you.

But his statement was not a request for coverage in exchange for an interview, he told the Journal.

Jensen had been named in the police officer’s file. He pulled out of the performance after media coverage of the alleged bid. His request for payment for the legal work he performed over two days included 0.5 hours spent “examining biased media coverage”, according to WAAY-TV.

The broadcaster said his allegation was sent to the Madison County Bar Association Grievance Committee.

Jensen’s movie No man’s law, tells the story of a former Border Patrol agent who rescues a migrant. He wrote, directed and acted in the film.

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