|► Attorney Kenneth Chittum of Bluefield, WV; ethical leper-con|
Attorney Kenneth Chittum of Bluefield, WV; ethical leper-con
The West Virginia Supreme Court presented Kenneth Chittum with a law license in 1993.
The Mercer County Court assigned Kenny as a guardian ad litem for Ms. Deborah Stevenson and to represent her in her divorce proceeding. At the time Ms. Stevenson was incarcerated in a federal prison in Florida. Kenny’s appointment was pursuant to a pro bono program and he was to receive no fee or reimbursement of any expenses.
After receiving the appointment, Kenny initiated a flirtatious long distance phone and letter writing relationship with Ms. Stevens even though they had never met in person.
The Board determined that Kenny’s pursuit of a long distance personal relationship with a client in a vulnerable situation adversely reflected on his character and fitness to practice law. The Board further found that Kenny attempted to develop a sexual relationship with Ms. Stevenson and said conduct constituted professional misconduct.
The Board went on to say in its findings, that it condemned Kenny’s attempt to engage in a sexual affair with Ms. Stevenson. It should be noted that Kenny was married at the time. This only proves that he had equal contempt for the oath he took when he married his wife and the oath he took as an attorney.
Despite condemning his conduct, the enablers for Attorney Misfits sitting on the Disciplinary Board punished Kenny by gifting him with a censure.
As we speak (ca. Jan 2012) Kenny continues to practice law in the Bluefield area.