The Ethics of Judge Nadeau

The Ethics of Judge Nadeau by Nancy MadoreA TRUE STORY OF SEX AND BETRAYAL—AND THE ETHICS THAT MAKE IT OKAY

The Ethics of Judge Nadeau is the TRUE story of a judge who (as of the date of publishing) presides over York County Probate Court in York, Maine. The premise of the book is that—in spite of the Maine Board of Overseers’ rulings to the contrary—the behavior of Judge Robert M.A. Nadeau is unethical. Referencing real exhibits, orders and depositions in actual court cases, The Ethics of Judge Nadeau provides a bird’s eye view into the logic and reasoning behind behavior so incredible it will take your breath away. This candid and (often) humorous account of Robert Nadeau’s antics (in and out of the courtroom) is as entertaining as it is shocking.

The Ethics of Judge Nadeau is based on the premise that there are some things a lawyer should never do—especially if he’s a judge—because they are either unethical, illegal, or just plain wrong.

Here are ten of the most obvious:

  • A lawyer should not sleep with his client.
  • A lawyer should not disclose what his clients tell him in confidence.
  • A lawyer should not use what his clients tell him in confidence against them.
  • A lawyer should not secretly advise the opposing party in his former client’s case.
  • A lawyer should not stalk, slander or terrorize former clients.
  • In the course of stalking, slandering and terrorizing his former clients, a lawyer should not disseminate illegal recordings.
  • A lawyer should not enter his personal psych file as an exhibit without reading it first.
  • A lawyer should not offer financial gifts to people who are testifying against him.
  • A lawyer should not make two—or even three—opposing statements under oath.
  • A lawyer should not use client funds to pay his law firm’s operating expenses.

Not only has Judge Robert Nadeau done all of these things, but he actually tries to defend them in his many emails, pleadings and depositions. Worst of all, the judicial system has supported him every step of the way.

Whether or not you actually find yourself in Judge Nadeau’s courtroom, The Ethics of Judge Nadeau will impact the way you view our judicial system.

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