- Associated Press - Monday, October 12, 2015

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - One of the most high-profile defense lawyers in Wisconsin had himself for a client in an ethics case that the state Supreme Court heard Monday.

Gerald Boyle gained fame representing Jeffrey Dahmer and former Green Bay Packers star Mark Chmura, among others, during his 50-year career. He faces a 60-day suspension over a complaint from state lawyer regulators who said he violated professional rules of conduct.

Boyle argued Monday that the penalty was too high and he deserves nothing more than a public reprimand; he has had three before in 2002, 2009 and 2012.

“I just don’t think I should be suspended,” he told the court.

In the latest case, the Office of Lawyer Regulation charged Boyle with violations that include putting tens of thousands of dollars from clients into improper accounts and providing inadequate representation, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (https://bit.ly/1VNKKAi ) reported.

Five of the six violations Boyle has been charged with stem from one client, who wanted the defense attorney to help recover $300,000 spent on rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia that turned out to be fake, such as counterfeit John Lennon drawings. The oversight board said Boyle accepted $65,000 without a written fee agreement, didn’t put the money into a client trust account and missed multiple deadlines.

Robert Krohn, attorney for the office seeking discipline against Boyle, said he showed a lack of diligence in the case.

“All it was was telephone bluster, promises,” Krohn told the court.

The court will issue its decision in the coming months.

Dahmer was sentenced to spend his life in prison after confessing to 17 murders. He was killed in prison by another inmate in 1994. Chmura was acquitted after having been accused of molesting a teen at a prom party.


Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, https://www.jsonline.com

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