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Attorney’s sanctioned legal filings not necessarily a disciplinary matter

Third Court of Appeals, Austin, Texas

The Supreme Court of Iowa, in a January 8 ruling, reversed a disciplinary decision by the state's Attorney Grievance Commission against a lawyer who had filed a frivolous motion in a custody dispute and had criticized a judge in another case.  The court held that the offending conduct, while potentially subject to sanctions from the courts hearing those cases, was not of a level of conduct which merited professional discipline.

In 2012, the attorney, Richard Rhinehart, represented a mother seeking an emergency order to alter . . .

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