A West Virginia attorney was arrested on Tuesday after beating another attorney on his head and face in the Marion County Courthouse. Stephen Sean Murphy, Esquire is out of jail on $10,000 bond, after beating, and sending to the hospital, Scott Radman, Esquire. Mr. Radman apparently did not retaliate. Witnesses and the police could not explain what caused the incident, as the two lawyers did not appear to be involved in litigation together.
Needless to say, attacking another attorney in the courthouse is conduct unbecoming of an attorney. As Philadelphia attorney, Allen Feingold, discovered (albeit in his case he attacked a judge pro tem), such behavior will almost certainly lead to discipline. If nothing else, attacking another attorney in the courthouse is most likely a violation of RPC 8.4 dealing with the integrity of the profession.-Josh J.T. Byrne, Esquire (H.T. ABA Journal)