Diane's latest. Excerpt:
Highly placed sources at the State Bar Court (who are often seen in black robes) have remarked that suddenly the Office of Chief Trial Counsel is actually charging violations of Rule 3-310 (F) of the Rules of Professional Conduct.
This is is known as the third-party payer rule and is triggered when someone other than the client is paying the lawyer’s fees. For example, Mom and Pop are paying for their minor’s DUI/shoplifting offense, or Dad is paying for his daughter’s dissolution of marriage. Or, on a much more sinister level, a crime boss is paying for a minion’s silence, or a drug cartel is paying for a mule’s (carrier’s) defense.