‘Catfishing’ Brings Trouble for Pa. Prosecutor and N.Y. Lawyer

A Pennsylvania disciplinary board agreed in late August to hear an ethics complaint against a district attorney who created fake Facebook profiles that she instructed subordinates to use “to befriend defendants or witnesses if you want to snoop.”

On the same day, a special prosecutor in New York launched an unrelated criminal probe into a Staten Island lawyer and political operative who created a fictitious Facebook profile to carry out what he later described—on Facebook—as a “#DirtyTrick” against an electoral foe of one of his political consulting clients.

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