Legal Ethics

Lawyer Who Bugged Ex-Girlfriend’s Car Reinstated

Jan. 23, 2019, 8:59 PM

A senior lawyer who secretly installed GPS tracking and audio recording devices in his ex-girlfriend’s car may practice law again, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court said.

Michael J. Casale Jr. served one year of suspension and remains on probation for four more years, according to the court.

After Casale and his girlfriend split up, he went into her garage at night and put a tracking device in the rear of her vehicle and a USB audio recording device under her front seat, according to a petition in which he consented to discipline. He wanted to track her movements and discover whom she was dating.

The petition was granted in August 2018, and the suspension was retroactive to the beginning of his temporary suspension in January 2018.

Casale agreed he violated Pennsylvania Rules of Professional Conduct 8.4(b) (committing a crime that reflects adversely on lawyer’s honesty or fitness) and 8.4(c) (conduct involving dishonesty or fraud).

Casale was admitted to practice in Pennsylvania in 1976.

The case is In the Matter of Casale, Pa., No. 2435 Disciplinary Docket No. 3, 1/22/19.

To contact the reporter on this story: Martina Barash in Washington at mbarash@bloomberglaw.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Jo-el J. Meyer at jmeyer@bloomberglaw.com; Nicholas Datlowe at ndatlowe@bloomberglaw.com

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