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Thursday, December 11, 2008

Aretakis out for a year

In a decision issued Thursday, the Appellate Division of the state Supreme Court suspended attorney John Aretakis from practicing law for one year after finding him guilty of professional misconduct.

Aretakis was charged with engaging in frivolous conduct by making false accusations against judges that were both prejudicial and malicious, false statements of law and fact, and engaging in conduct that adversely reflected on his fitness as an attorney.

In their decision, Appellate Division justices outlined various incidents from 2005 to 2007 where Aretakis had been sanctioned by multiple judges for his behavior in the court room.

The accounts of Aretakis’ conduct included being “sloppy and unprofessional,” alleging theories about the Catholic Church and federal government, and making baseless assertions in court only for the purpose of harassing defendants in a case.

Aretakis initially responded by saying the following:

"Bishop Hubbard has used all of his resources, influence, and power to try to muzzle me for the past six years due to my effective work in exposing sexual predators in ministry.

I call upon Governor Paterson to investigate this unfair and unprecedented punishment. I am one of only two attorneys in all of New York state who fights sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.

I will continue to work in every capacity that I am allowed to in order to expose those who sexually abuse children and those individuals such as Bishop Hubbard who continue to cover up these crimes."

Aretakis is currently in the Bahamas for the weekend and plans to hold a press conference Tuesday afternoon at his home in North Greenbush to answer further questions.

The Catholic Church initially chose not to comment on his suspension, which will take effect in 20 days and will forbid him from practicing law in any form for one year, according to the decision.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aretakis never learns. He has been stripped of his law liscense in part for making reckless accusations against people, including a Judge, Christian Hummel,and proceeds today to make equally reckless remarks against Bishop Hubbard. It's time the media pay far less attention to this publicity seeking, two day candidate for Congress, the day he announced and the day he withdrew.

December 11, 2008 at 9:51 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Aretakis is currently in the Bahamas for the weekend and plans to hold a press conference Tuesday afternoon at his home in North Greenbush to answer further questions"

And the local press will attend and print his outrageous comments and the vile he will spew

December 11, 2008 at 11:29 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

#1 - How can you label Mr Aretakis' remarks as reckless remarks against Bishop Hubbard? Bishop Hubbard has protected pedophiles for decades. And good Catholics in the Albany Diocese have done nothing but turned a blind eye...that's what is reckless!

#2 - Your clearly have no handle on what has gone on in the Catholic Church over the last 6-7 years...the only one spewing vile is Bishop Hubbard and you're buying it. Until Catholics, police, judges, and politicians stop turning a blind eye to a Church and a Diocese that protects pedophiles over children, this issue will never be resolved.

December 13, 2008 at 11:06 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i wish those in power were as zealous and dilignet about investigating and prosecuting the clergy abuse as in silencing this one attorney... and where has the media been for these many years?

December 21, 2008 at 2:34 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

if I were a lawyer I would be nervous; if something like this could happen over a lawyer doing his best to represent his clients then doesn't this scare you? go after your living if you come too close to the vein...makes me think who is really the ones who are corrupt?

December 23, 2008 at 12:30 PM 

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