- Associated Press - Friday, January 6, 2017

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The state Supreme Court has suspended an attorney amid allegations he removed more than half-a-million dollars from his wife’s trust fund through forgery.

Attorney Shawn Rice’s wife accused him during 2011 divorce proceedings of taking $600,000 from her trust fund by forging her signature. Rice maintained his wife didn’t want to be involved in marital finances and she tacitly approved his actions.

The Office of Lawyer Regulation couldn’t determine how much money Rice transferred from the trust. A referee recommended suspending Rice’s law license for 60 days. The Supreme Court imposed that punishment Friday on a 5-2 vote.

Liberal-leaning justices Shirley Abrahamson and Ann Walsh Bradley dissented, writing the extent of Rice’s conduct is unclear.

Rice says he’s glad it’s over. He says his income will suffer but he’ll survive.

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