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Lawyer's 'Doing' Paula Deen Tweet Raises Ire, No Sanction

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It was long after midnight at a Savannah hotel in February when a lawyer suing Paula Deen found he couldn't sleep and turned to Twitter to chat about the celebrity chef.

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  • Rick Alembik

    As an attorney involved in a high-profile case it's doubly important for someone like Mr. Billips to keep his proverbial powder dry. Not only does he make himself look unprofessional by engaging in such crass tweeting, but he raises the "temperature" of the conflict that's being litigated unnecessarily, and makes it that much less likely for the parties to resolve their issues. Moreover, from a purely strategic (if not admittedly cynical) standpoint, if Mr. Billips can't preserve the public persona of the opposing party by minimizing publicity, that's one less bargaining chip for his client to use in potential settlement discussions. Most regrettably, these actions just contribute to the already poor regard in which the public holds lawyers. It should be hard for any lawyer looking at this scenario not to be disappointed.

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