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Attorney Rebuked and Fined


— May 13, 2004

GALVESTON — A federal judge has fined attorney Anthony Griffin nearly $18,000 for filing a lawsuit the judge termed an attempt to “legally extort money” from the Galveston Independent School District.

U.S. District Judge Sam Kent said Griffin, a nationally known black civil rights lawyer, conducted “virtually no meaningful investigation” before filing a suit in which a fired administrator maintained the district paid her less than others because she is black.

Calling claims by Griffin and former GISD bilingual education director Sonia Boone “utterly wanting in merit,” Kent said his ruling should serve as a warning to other lawyers.

“This attorney, and all others similarly situated, must be made to realize that abusive manipulation of the legal system and attempts to legally extort money from public institutions, with no basis in fact or law, must and will be appropriately rebuked,” Kent said.

Judge Kent is notorious for his sharp-tongued opinions (see here and here), and this one’s no exception. Details here from the Houston Chronicle, and more here from Galveston’s Daily News. (via Overlawyered)


GALVESTON — A federal judge has fined attorney Anthony Griffin nearly $18,000 for filing a lawsuit the judge termed an attempt to “legally extort money” from the Galveston Independent School District.

U.S. District Judge Sam Kent said Griffin, a nationally known black civil rights lawyer, conducted “virtually no meaningful investigation” before filing a suit in which a fired administrator maintained the district paid her less than others because she is black.

Calling claims by Griffin and former GISD bilingual education director Sonia Boone “utterly wanting in merit,” Kent said his ruling should serve as a warning to other lawyers.

“This attorney, and all others similarly situated, must be made to realize that abusive manipulation of the legal system and attempts to legally extort money from public institutions, with no basis in fact or law, must and will be appropriately rebuked,” Kent said.

Judge Kent is notorious for his sharp-tongued opinions (see here and here), and this one’s no exception. Details here from the Houston Chronicle, and more here from Galveston’s Daily News. (via Overlawyered)

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