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Controversial attorney Aretakis suspended for one year

Controversial area attorney John Aretakis has been suspended from practicing law for one year by the
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Controversial area attorney John Aretakis has been suspended from practicing law for one year by the Appellate Division of state Supreme Court.

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To read the full decision in the suspension of John Aretakis, click HERE.

In a decision announced today, the court found Aretakis guilty of professional misconduct, citing six examples where he was sanctioned by judges in the past four years. The court found that Aretakis engaged in “frivolous conduct by making false accusations against judges” and other conduct.

The suspension is effective Dec. 31.

“Respondent engaged in frivolous conduct by making false accusations against judges, which accusations were prejudicial to the administration of justice, engaged in conduct that adversely reflects on his fitness as an attorney, asserted positions which served to harass and maliciously injure, knowingly made false statements of law and fact, and engaged in undignified and discourteous conduct degrading to the court,” the court said in its decision.

Aretakis has been a frequent critic and legal opponent of the Roman Catholic Church, specifially the Albany Diocese, representing alleged victims of clergy sex abuse in lawsuits.

The appellate division noted that Aretakis has no public disciplinary record and some of the conduct has already been punished to some extent. “However, we find that this record clearly shows that (Aretakis) has repeatedly crossed the line separating zealous advocacy from professional misconduct,” the court wrote.

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