Lawyer suspended for impersonating fellow lawyer

Judge has suspended an attorney for impersonating a fellow lawyer.

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut judge has suspended a Hartford attorney for impersonating a fellow lawyer 11 years ago.

The Hartford Courant reports the judge said Joseph Elder violated the rules of professional conduct by misrepresenting himself and not correcting that misrepresentation.

In 2004, police prevented a man from entering his home while they awaited a search warrant. After talking with Elder over the phone, the man went into his house anyway, following a fracas with police. When police called the number, they said Elder identified himself as Wes Spears, another Hartford lawyer.

Police unsuccessfully sought an arrest warrant for Spears and sought disciplinary action against him until they discovered it was Elder, not Spears, on the call.

Elder said Friday he plans to appeal his yearlong suspension and may also file a complaint against the courts.

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