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Lawyer for 8 Adoptive|Couples Reprimanded

(CN) - The Georgia Supreme Court reprimanded an attorney who represented eight couples in their claim that an adoption service had selected each couple to adopt the same child.

Clark Jones-Lewis "admits that she became overwhelmed by the direction the case took after some of the clients took their frustrations and complaints to the national media and that she should have immediately taken steps to withdraw from the representation," the ruling states.

She also acknowledged that she "exercised poor judgment in the representation and that her diligence in the matter was improper," according to the court.

In her defense, Jones-Lewis expressed deep remorse and noted that she had cooperated fully with replacement counsel.

"We conclude that a Review Panel reprimand is the appropriate sanction in this case, and we therefore accept the petition for voluntary discipline," the justices wrote in a per-curiam decision.

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