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Delaware Attorney Punished for Sexual, Demeaning Comments

Posted: Mar 15, 2018 8:03 AM Updated:

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP)- The Delaware Supreme Court has punished an attorney for making sexually explicit and demeaning remarks in correspondence to state prosecutors and a court.

Despite Joseph A. Hurley's denials in a 23-page written response about what he calls "Hurleygate," the court ordered the 75-year-old Wilmington lawyer to enroll in a professional training program on respecting others, and to refrain from inappropriate sexual or religious discussions.

The News Journal of Wilmington reports the state Supreme Court's Office of Disciplinary Counsel filed two separate petitions in 2016 accusing Hurley of violating the state's attorney conduct rules. They accuse Hurley of making "disparaging or demeaning remarks" about multiple attorneys and a client - including remarks about Jews and women and allegedly requesting sexual favors - despite being repeatedly told his comments were inappropriate.

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