Lawyer May Lose Law License for Two Years for Causing Fatal Crash

, New Jersey Law Journal


A former New Jersey deputy attorney general—an alcoholic with a propensity for post-drinking seizures—faces a two-year suspension of his law license for a fatal crash caused by his blacking out at the wheel.

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    The law license should have been permanently revoked and Costill should be in jail if he refuses proper treatment.

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    Two years‘ suspension is a huge break. This is a progressive disease, and unless Mr. Costill addresses this problem effectively, he will never be safe for the practice of law. He has been given chance after chance. Alcoholism is very treatable, but that implies that the alcoholic is willing to recover. His ongoing denial in the face of the "mountain of evidence" that his condition is serious and spiraling downward is sadly typical of many. He, and those around him, will only continue to suffer absent a serious commitment on his part.

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    Very sad situation. It shows that alcoholism which is a real disease doesn‘t just destroy the person suffering from it but can devastate the lives of others who become its victims. It is something Mr. Costill will suffer with for ever. I doubt he meant to so seriously hurt someone else and I guess there is no easy answer. Very tragic is all one can say and I am sorry to read about it.

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    Why wasn‘t this killer sent to jail for a term of years?

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