Yesterday, we brought you the story of Stephanie Rapkin, the 64-year-old attorney identified as the person, who when allegedly surrounded by a group of protesters, used her car to block their path. In Shorewood, a suburb outside of Milwaukee, an older woman had been reported to have been surrounded by a group of protesters. According to reports, the woman then used her car to block the path of the protesters.
In the video, the crowd can be seen telling the woman to go back to her car, but she obviously refuses, arguing all the time with the crowd. The woman then grabs her purse and begins to yell, Don’t touch me!” As tensions continued to escalate, the woman is seen hurling a huge spitball at one of the Black men in the crowd. The crowd immediately went ballistic.
Now, it seems Attorney Rapkin faces a whole new array of allegations and possible penalties. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported yesterday that, “Stephanie Rapkin resisted arrest and kneed a police officer in the groin when they tried to arrest her Sunday on a battery and disorderly conduct charges. Rapkin was booked into the Milwaukee County Jail on Sunday and kept overnight.”
(Photo: Milwaukee Sheriff’s Office)
In an exclusive phone call with HillReporter.com, Ms. Rapkin told me Sunday afternoon, “They were rebels, and they were attacking me. What was I supposed to do?” I then asked Ms. Rapkin if she thought it was believable that the reaction of a 64-year old woman, and an attorney, “surrounded by rebels” would be to spit at one of the “attackers?” One thing for sure, it is clear from the video that Rapkin DID spit at the teenager, and on the phone…that is a fact, she never denied. Rapkin did deny that she used her car to block the protesters, but the overwhelming number of people in the crowd have contradicted Rapkin’s version of this story.
In addition to the criminal charges, Rapkin now faces possible disbarment as the result of a complaint filed by attorney Michael Maistelman, a Milwaukee attorney. In an email to hillreporter.com, Maistelman furnished us with a copy of his complaint to the Milwaukee State Bar.
Specifically, Maistelman’s complaint cites Wisconsin Supreme Court Rule (“SCR”) 40.15. This the oath that every attorney shall take before being licensed to practice law in the state of Wisconsin. Part of the Attorney’s Oath provides the following: “I will abstain from all offensive personality and advance no fact prejudicial to the honor or reputation of a party or witness unless required by the justice of the cause with which I am charged.”
Quoting directly from the complaint, the Milwaukee Attorney continued, “SCR 20:8.4 entitled Misconduct provides in part the following: It is professional misconduct for a lawyer to:
-(a) violate or attempt to violate the Rules of Professional Conduct, knowingly assist or induce another to do so, or do so through the acts of
-(b) commit a criminal act that reflects adversely on the lawyer’s
honesty, trustworthiness or fitness as a lawyer in other respects;
-(c) engage in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or
-(f) violate a statute, supreme court rule, supreme court order or supreme
court decision regulating the conduct of lawyers;
-(g) violate the attorney’s oath; and
-(h) harass a person on the basis of sex, race, age, creed, religion, color,
national origin, disability, sexual preference or marital status in
connection with the lawyer’s professional activities. Legitimate
advocacy respecting the foregoing factors does not violate par. (i).
You may read the entire complaint right here:
One thing for sure, we haven’t heard the last of Stephanie Rapkin, and the Wisconsin State Bar is obligated to investigate.
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