New York City Lawyer Suspended Over Bogus Bias Claim

December 12, 2011

A New York City lawyer has been suspended for six months for trying to get out of a speeding ticket by falsely claiming that a New Jersey trooper hurled an anti-Semitic slur during the traffic stop.

The New York Post reports that attorney Elliott Dear was pulled over in 2007 while driving 84 mph. Days after getting the ticket, he sent a letter to a court saying the officer had called him by a derogatory term for Jews, and that “this prejudice obviously was the cause for the ticket.”

He repeated the claim in an interview with investigators.

Unbeknownst to the lawyer, the traffic stop had been videotaped. The recording exonerated the trooper completely.

A state appeals court upheld Dear’s suspension in a decision released Friday.

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