Lawyer Facing Suspension Defends Derogatory Remarks About Judge

, New Jersey Law Journal


Clifford VanSyoc
Clifford VanSyoc

It was "Perskie's conduct...that caused [his] integrity and independence to be called into question, particularly where the record is crystal clear that Perskie 'flouted his judicial obligations and responsibilities' in this case, just as he did in the case resulting in his discipline," Van Syoc says.

Van Syoc further claims he was deprived of representation by counsel at the DEC hearing.

He also asks for leniency, saying the "harshness of the proposed six-month suspension, particularly when measured against Petitioner's 33 years of membership of the Bar, his minimal disciplinary history, and his substantial contributions to the development of case law in this State, justify a different outcome of either no discipline whatsoever or a non-suspensory sanction."

Van Syoc, of Van Syoc & Weintraub in Cherry Hill, declines comment.

Assistant Ethics Counsel Timothy McNamara, who prosecuted the case, filed a response letter Friday. He deferred to the DRB but explained that Van Syoc was denied counsel before the DEC because the attorney who appeared with him—his associate, Sebastian Ionno II—was listed as a witness. •

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  • Leno Ware

    The transcriber destroyed the audio tape which is the key to the situation. Why would she destroy the tape? Transcriber are known for putting whatever they want in the transcript. I have seen tainted transcripts on the federal level. The committee should not rely on her transcript; only on the audio tape. This case should be dismissed; the transcriber and the attorney should be bought up on fraud charges.
    Cannot produce concrete evidence no charges should stand.

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