Clark Griffith after dropping trou on Grand Avenue: "Last night was awesome"
Griffith faces possible disbarment.
Four months after Clark Griffith was convicted for misdemeanor indecent exposure, the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility is asking the Supreme Court to impose professional discipline.
The "Discipline of Attorney Sought" document filed with the court by the professional responsibility office contains new details about how Griffith, 70, set new standards for unprofessional creepiness during his interactions with a 24-year-old female William Mitchell law student he was mentoring.
First, from our archives, here's background about the allegations:
On the evening of January 24, following a meeting at Axel's Bonfire on Grand Avenue, Griffith allegedly walked the student to her car, unzipped his pants, and told the student to squeeze his penis. She did as told, then he kissed her with an open mouth. She reported the incident to William Mitchell administrators the next day, and an investigation proceeded from there.
From the "Discipline Sought" document , here's new information about what happened the next day:
On January 25, 2012, at around 1:00 p.m., [Griffith] left M.D. [i.e., the victim] a voice mail telling her that "last night was awesome" and that "any hint of this and I will be shot."...
After M.D. notified William Mitchell of the incident, the school asked Griffith not to contact her. But that didn't stop him from sending her a message on Twitter asking her if she was the one who got him in trouble with the school.
"It was me," she replied. "The other night was horrible. It [sic] me extremely uncomfortable."
Later that day, here's how Griffith replied:
Please rescind the complaint and I promise to be gentleman in all ways as well as doing what I can to help you. I'M REALLY ashamed by this and couldn't live with myself if the complaint became known, I am having a hard time now. Clark.
Minutes later, M.D. sent him this reply:
I understand you're having a hard time, but what about me? You made me touch you with your pants down while people were driving by and walking their dog behind the car!? How do I get over that?
That same afternoon, William Mitchell administration sent Griffith another message letting him know they knew he was messaging M.D. and asking him once again to stop. But that wasn't the end of Griffith's messaging by a long shot -- on February 3, the day after William Mitchell fired him from his teaching job, Griffith initiated this exchange with the victim:
-- On February 3, 2012, at 8:59 a.m., respondent sent the message, "Did you file a criminal complaint? Why are you trying to destroy me? I would never do that to you." M.D. responded, "Of course I did! You took your hand and made me touch your exposed penis in the middle of the street!!! I know you're busy thinking about you, but you honestly think what you did is okay?"
-- On February 5, 2012, M.D. sent a message to respondent saying, "Stop trying to contact me in any way. I don't want to talk to you. Respondent replied, "I am trying to figure out why you are trying to kill me as the charge will kill me. It won't do you any good either."
Compare all the above with how Griffith described the incident to a probation officer. From our archives :
According to Griffith, following the January 24 meeting with the student at Axel's Bonfire, she actually tried to seduce him. She followed him to his car, then put her hand on his sweet spot, saying, "We've got to go slow." Here's a couple more tidbits from the statement Griffith gave to the probation officer, as read in court by [Judge George] Stephenson [during Griffith's July sentencing]:The defendant stated that he was the victim of a sexual assault and described this experience as very traumatizing... women want sexual power over men...
Stephenson went on to characterize Griffith's account of events as "possibly delusional" and told him: "Don't say another word, because you're just pissing me off."
Griffith has 20 days to respond to the allegations outlined in the "Discipline Sought" document, after which the Supreme Court can take action ranging from dismissal of the petition all the way to disbarment.
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