Bonnie Sweeten Update

/ 06.Jan, 2012
Arguing over whether Bonnie Sweeten stole $900,000 or $1,000,000 took all day, so sentencing will have to wait.  Of particular note to our readers was Ms. Sweeten’s former employer’s testimony: “I trusted Bonnie,” Carlitz said. “I’m not going to say I was minding the store.” Legal malpractice and professional liability avoidance require the store be minded.  Not minding the store means that fraud of an employee can be imputed to the employer.  Pennsylvania Rule of Professional Conduct 5.3 requires lawyers with supervisory or managerial authority “make reasonable efforts to ensure that [the firm and nonlawyer assistants] conduct is compatible with the professional obligations of the lawyer.” -Josh J.T. Byrne, Esquire