Friday, September 13, 2013

"Upskirt" Shots Lead to Attorney Suspension - COTW #160

I don't write a lot of posts about professional licensing issues, although I contend they count as employment law. The latest Case of the Week deals specifically with attorney licensing.

Last week, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued this order, suspending an attorney for 6 months (plus probation for 3 years and some mental health stuff). Nothing too interesting in the order - it's basically just accepting the recommendations of the Disciplinary Board.

But fear not, The Legal Intelligencer has the scoop in "Upskirt" Corporate Counsel gets Six-Month Suspension. If you're not familiar with the concept of "upskirts," they're photos and/or videos that creepy people take by secretly shooting/filming up girls skirts.

So, what did this attorney allegedly do? Per the article:
According to the report, on September 9, 2008, Boulware, in a Springfield Township, Montgomery County, Acme Market, followed a 16-year-old girl and her mother throughout the store, filming the girl with a video camera attached to his shoe as she bent over to pick up store items. Earlier that same day, Boulware followed an adult woman into the same market and similarly videotaped her up her skirt by standing close to her, the board noted in its report. Both incidents occurred without the knowledge and consent of the victims, the board's report said.
Seriously? At what point does someone decide that it's a good idea to strap a camera to his shoe and chase young girls around the grocery store trying to film up their skirts? Frankly, I think six months is light.