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Associated Press, Published October 16 2012

ND high court reprimands Grand Forks attorney for misconduct

BISMARCK — North Dakota's Supreme Court has reprimanded a Grand Forks attorney for representing a defendant accused of aggravated assault and terrorizing — and the person who was allegedly attacked.

The high court says Blake Hankey had a conflict of interest, because he represented someone accused of crimes and the person's alleged victim.

The court says it wasn't possible for Hankey to act in the best interests of both people at the same time.

Court records say Hankey also lied to a Grand Forks County prosecutor when she confronted him about the arrangement. Hankey told her he'd cleared the matter with his law partners, when he didn't.

The Supreme Court on Monday ordered a reprimand for Hankey, and said he has a month to pay almost $7,200 in disciplinary costs.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.