Friday, April 01, 2011

April Fool's: Who's Laughing Now, NY Times?

Like it wasn't bad enough that our esteemed law blogger friend, Eric Turkewitz, punked the New York Times last April Fool's with his "news" of a pending Obama administration blogging appointment, thereby earning questionable question marks from at least one State ethics overseer:
Is an April Fool’s Day joke a violation of the lawyer’s duty of candor? Of course, context is everything. We can say with some certainty that the Disciplinary Board of Pennsylvania has never been called upon to adjudicate an April Fool’s defense to a misrepresentation charge. We must note, however, that the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania originally adopted the Pennsylvania Rules of Professional Conduct effective April 1, 1988. We should be very clear on this point: they weren’t kidding.
Well, the Times has (allegedly) been seriously snookered again this year. Perhaps that paywall thing isn't going over so well...

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