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Milwaukee attorney reprimanded for sexually harassing low-income client

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Judges gavel and stryker By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Judges gavel and stryker By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - A Milwaukee attorney was given a public reprimand Tuesday for sending suggestive e-mails to a low-income woman he represented.

Donald Dudley was a public defender for a female who was trying to fight off three involuntary terminations of her parental rights. He said he would give her foot rubs, be her servant, and take care of, “that wonderful body of yours.”

When the woman showed the e-mails to a social worker, Dudley’s boss was also notified – and he withdrew from the case.

A referee for the state Office of Lawyer Regulation found that Dudley was engaged in a conflict of interest with a very vulnerable client – and he committed sexual harassment.

In court records, Dudley admitted that the e-mails were wrong. Tuesday, Dudley said he was not strong enough in one of the most trying points of his life. He did not elaborate. 

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