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Lawyer bills client for time they had sex

(STARTRIBUNE) — One lawyer billed his client for the time they spent having sex. Another harbored a fugitive and lied to law enforcement, while a third raided a family trust she was paid to administer.

Twenty Minnesota attorneys have been disbarred, suspended, publicly reprimanded or placed on probation so far this year. So many lawyers have been disciplined by the Minnesota Supreme Court that the total for 2013 is likely to surpass last year’s 38 actions and could overtake the record of 55 lawyers sanctioned in 1990.

Last week, Minneapolis attorney Peter Nickitas was handed a 30-day suspension for a conflict of interest and intimidating an opposing lawyer, saying he hoped she’d “sleep with the fishes,” according to the state’s petition for discipline.