Lawyer Gives Advice on How to Get Away with Murder
The license of a Nashville attorney has been suspended for four years after he posted advice on how to get away with murder.
The advice was given in 2017 in response to a post by a Facebook friend who described a "tumultuous" breakup with her child's father and inquired about the legality of carrying a gun in her car, according to court documents filed in the Supreme Court of Tennessee on Friday.
Attorney Winston Bradshaw Sitton reportedly wrote that if the woman wanted to kill her ex-boyfriend, she should "lure" him into her home and "claim" he broke in with intent to do her harm and she feared for her life, according to the Tennessee Supreme Court judgment.
"If you want to kill him, then lure him into your house and claim he broke in with intent to do you bodily harm and that you feared for your life," he wrote. "Even with the new stand your ground law, the castle doctrine is a far safer basis for use of deadly force."
In response to Sitton's comment, the woman wrote, "I wish he would try," to which Sitton advised her to "keep mum about this," the documents state.
Although the woman later deleted the Facebook post, her ex-boyfriend became aware of the exchange and brought screenshots to Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich, who then passed the screenshots to the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility, according to the court documents.
Sitton received a four-year suspension, one year of which is an active suspension and the rest is on probation.
The case is described as "a cautionary tale on the ethical problems that can befall lawyers on social media" in the judge's opinion, which was written by Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Holly Kirby.