Carlos Gamino on the Public Defender Accused of Having Sex with a Clientby Attorney Carlos Gamino on 04/29/14
In mid-March, a Colorado public defender lost her job for having sex with a client – and she was caught on tape. Here’s what Wisconsin Attorney Carlos A. Gamiño had to say:
“When public defender Lucy Martin became involved in an affair with her client, she didn’t do her best to keep it private. The problem, though, is that she entered into the affair in the first place; forget about discretion.”
An affair is one thing, and everyone is entitled to their own opinion on that.
But this is sex with a client (albeit a former one). This is a whole different ballgame. It wasn’t just a one-time thing, either. It was a regular, ongoing occurrence.
The person Martin had sex with and engaged in an emotional affair with – a suspect in aggravated robbery who was later convicted – was her client. Even though public defenders’ fees aren’t paid by the people they represent, they’re still clients… no matter where the money comes from.
Martin isn’t making any comments on the issue, but news station KDVR reports that since she worked in the jail where her love interest was incarcerated, she may be guilty of a felony. She can also be disbarred and lose the privilege of practicing law forever.
Martin was fired by the public defender’s office for having sex with a client, and details of her case are still emerging. We’ll just have to wait and see how it all pans out.