The Larry Mendte Saga
The recent saga of now-former CBS anchor Larry Mendte has been quite fascinating. No anchorman has fallen this dramatically since Ron Burgundy. Even his former co-anchor, Alycia Lane, is in better shape, having had criminal charges against her dismissed and a wrongful termination suit filed against CBS.
What is also notable is the nature of Mr. Mendte’s actions that landed him a federal felony count. Something as seemingly “innocuous” as accessing someone else’s e-mail account without permission could lead to a prison sentence for him. While few of us young lawyers have been involved in similar activity, we should be aware of potential trouble with how we conduct ourselves. Whether it’s comments or conduct that rises to the level of sexual harassment, driving home after a couple of drinks to the point of possible impairment, or whatever else, there are pitfalls everywhere.
As young lawyers, we are held to a higher standard. Be aware of your actions and stay away from trouble as much as possible.