In that whole you’re never going to get into trouble for something that you didn’t say genre, Chicago defense attorney Allison Motta just found out that rolling your eyes at a federal judge and then mouthing that the court’s ruling was “f@#$ing Bull S*#$” will get you disbarred.
BY PAT MERRIMAN
For Dunn County Herald
But only for 90 days or so. Motta was not impressed with the Hon. Amy J. St. Eve’s handling of her two-week criminal jury trial against the United States Attorney, whereby, her client Vandetta Redwood was actually acquitted of federal firearms charges but, Motta (not content to leave well enough alone) just had to get in her two-cents worth.
The Redwood case itself was a notorious killing in the drug-violence riddled city even before the defense attorney’s outburst. As reported by the Chicago Tribune, Motta’s client (age 34) escaped state charges for allegedly giving a .38 caliber revolver to a juvenile relative telling her to “shoot the b!@#$”. All over a boyfriend and a battle of the facebook exchange with the obligatory cell phone video of Redwood and her relative.
Enter the ATF’s arrest of Redwood on federal charges because of the rampant gun violence in the Windy City. An even more ironic twist was that Redwood’s brother Donnell Flora, himself in a wheelchair after a 2010 drive-by shooting, had already been convicted and sentenced by federal Judge Thaddeus Wilson to 100 years for bringing the same gun to Redwood at the squabble to “watch his (relative’s) back.”
The Tribune reports that the juvenile shooter’s records are sealed, “Prosecutors revealed that the teen could be released at 19 even if she’s convicted.” Motta (licensed in 2005) ratcheted up the drama at Redwood’s trial, as reported in her official judgment of disbarment “by (repeatedly) using profanity in the presence of the jury… was continuously disruptive during the approximately two-week trial…rolled her eyes and made comments about the testimony…misconduct were even directed at the trial judge’s rulings on objections (shaking) her head…and made comments under her breath.”
So, after multiple warnings from the trial judge. Enough was enough, “the misconduct occurred so many times, and after so many warnings, that the Executive Committee must find that Ms. Motta intended to disrupt the trial.” Her 30-day outright suspension from practicing law will be followed by a 1-year suspension from federal practice. And, Motta’s website touts that she, husband Robert M. Motta and father-in-law founded Motta & Motta, PC.
Their advertising notes, “she concentrates her practice in criminal defense with a focus on felony narcotics and conspiracy cases in both state and federal courts” including “(her) most recent success includes negotiating a 7 year plea bargain (less than 7 with good time served) with Assistant United States attorneys… a 4 count indictment including possession with intent to distribute 30 kilograms of cocaine and related conspiracy charges and weapons offense.”
The Tribune continues that “Motta’s lawyer, James Doppke, told the Tribune in a statement that Motta sincerely regrets that she projected her frustration with the system in her demeanor and she looks forward to moving past this unfortunate situation.” However, in May, 2016, the Omaha World-Herald reports a previous “unfortunate incident” in a quadruple murder case in Nebraska. Motta’s improper public comments about DNA evidence, “led two local attorneys…to withdraw from the case, citing ethical concerns. And that meant the Chicago-based Mottas… had to reapply to practice. law in Nebraska on a guest pass.” Allison was removed from the case.
In an environment of championing non-violent, drug-related crimes (where people die) and the ends justifies the means, one should always remember that muttering “under (your) breath” when “sensitive microphones caught them” is a bad thing.