Lawyer's comment means trouble with judge

May 30, 2007 at 3:31 PM

MIAMI, May 30 (UPI) -- A Chicago lawyer has been ordered to appear before a Miami bankruptcy judge to defend a comment he made to her during a hearing.

William Smith was ordered by Judge Laurel Myerson Isicoff to appear before her June 25 to convince her not to revoke his permission to practice in Miami after his May 7 comment, Crain's Chicago Business reported Wednesday.

"I suggest with respect, Your Honor, that you're a few french fries short of a Happy Meal in terms of what's likely to take place," court documents quote Smith as saying during the hearing.

Smith's comment represents "conduct that appears to be inconsistent with the requirements of professional conduct," Isicoff wrote in her order for Smith to appear June 25 "to show cause why he should not be suspended from practice before this court."

Smith, who is representing Mount Sinai Medical Center of Greater Miami, is not licensed to practice in Florida, but has been granted special permission for the case. Isicoff may revoke that permission after Smith's appearance.

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