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Attorney Karen Bilotti of San Diego; ethical gremlin

 

The state of California presented Karen Bilotti with a law license in 1989 after she graduated from the University of Tulsa Law School.

 

The California 4th District Court of Appeal located in Santa Ana recently (early July 2015) found Karen guilty of the following misconduct in her role as an Assistant District Attorney in San Diego.

 

Karen as assigned to defend a personal injury lawsuit filed by minister Donn Martinez who was permanently injured riding in a funeral procession. Donn’s motorcycle struck a freeway curb beneath an Orange County overpass known as the "Orange Crush" that once earned Guinness Book distinction as the world's most complex road interchange. (Brian Melley, Associated Press)

 

In his lawsuit, Donn said the state was negligent because the curb was not visible and was shorter then Caltrans (California Depot of Transportation) specifications.

 

Prior to the trial, the trial judge barred Bilotti from mentioning irrelevant details about Martinez's life, such as his biker affiliation and the group's logo described by the court as a "rather fearsome, skull-like face" wearing a Nazi-style helmet.

 

Despite the courts clear and unambiguous orders Bilotti made statements about Donn’s life,, such as his biker affiliation and the group's logo described by the court as a "rather fearsome, skull-like face" wearing a Nazi-style helmet.

 

In its findings, the Court of Appeals stated the following regarding Bilotti’s conduct.

  • In addition to asking prohibited questions, Bilotti “played the Nazi card.”
  • “Bilotti was about to lose her opportunity to smear Martinez using the Set Free Soldiers logo."
  • "And so, completely gratuitously, she described the logo in terms of a 'Nazi' helmet.”
  • “It was, in short, a cheap shot deliberately taken before the judge had a chance to prevent it.

In a highly unusual move, the Court of Appeals referred the case of Bilotti’s egregious misconduct to State Bar Court for an ethics investigation.

 

The justices took the extra step of referring the case to the state bar for an ethics investigation. It also sent the case back to the trial court for a new trial.

 

Now we have to wait and see what punishment, if any, the enablers for Attorney Misfits sitting on the Bar Court mete out to Bilotti.

 

As we speak (ca. July 2015), Bilotti continues to be employed as an Assistant District Attorney for the County of San Diego. 

 
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