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Lawyer's license suspended over slurs

Oct. 10, 2011 at 1:13 PM

CHICAGO, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- A Chicago attorney who used homophobic and offensive language to describe other lawyers has agreed to a temporary suspension of his license, officials said.

Thomas Guadagno, 66, used terms such as "gay scum" and "child molester" to refer to other attorneys while soliciting traffic court clients, a complaint filed by the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission said.

The name-calling has gone on for at least six years, the complaint said, and in 2009 a Cook County judge found him guilty of disorderly conduct for yelling "scumbag" and "homosexual" at another attorney, the Chicago Tribune reported Monday.

In the newest action, the commission said Guadagno's license would be suspended for a month and he would have to complete two years of probation, see a therapist for anger management counseling and complete a seminar on attorney professionalism.

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