Attorney’s, plaintiff’s past incidents

Responding to The Rock River Times’ May 16 web-exclusive report of the lawsuit having been filed, a reader who said she was considering the services of Stanley F. Kaplan for her own case inquired if he was the same Stanley F. Kaplan who’d been suspended in 2005.

A search of disciplinary reports and decisions on the Illinois Supreme Court’s Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commision revealed: “On May 21, 1993, the Illinois Supreme Court censured Respondent for converting and commingling client funds. In re Kaplan, 90 CH 547, M.R. 9014 (May 21, 1993). Also, on November 22, 2005, the Illinois Supreme Court suspended Respondent from the practice of law for one year, with the last three months stayed by probation. Respondent was found guilty of converting funds from two clients. In re Kaplan, 03 CH 84, M.R. 20441 (November 22, 2005).”

Asked to comment on the disciplinary action pointed out by the reader, Kaplan responded: “It’s interesting that they’re honing in on that instead of honing in on the people that are really the ones that have created the problems for a multitude of parents.”

In 2004, Julia Bornhuetter-Colloton pled not guilty to a Class III felony charge of harassing a witness, family member or representative. She later pled guilty to a lesser charge of disorderly conduct—a Class C misdemeanor—and placed on probation.

The charge stemmed from phone calls placed to John Budzynski, therapist to Bornhuetter-Colloton’s daughters. The Village of Roscoe, where Budzynski lives, was the plaintiff in the case.

Bornhuetter-Colloton was required to pay fines and write a letter of apology to Winnebago County State’s Attorney Paul A. Logli.

from May 23-29, 2007, issue

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