A Nashville lawyer has had his state license suspended for a year after he told a woman on Facebook how to murder her allegedly 'abusive' ex-husband and get away with it.
In a 2017 Facebook post, Winston B Sitton advised an unnamed 'friend' from Memphis, who he called a 'cheerleader' and 'a battered, disabled mother', how to protect herself from her former partner who he claimed had 'savagely' beaten her in a restaurant in front of their son.
In the messages, Sitton suggested that she 'lure' her former partner to her house and shoot him dead, rather than keep a gun in her car.
The lawyer claimed that if the killing took place in her house the mother of one would be more likely to successfully claim self-defense in the use of 'deadly force'.
Last week Justice Holly Kirby, of the Tennessee Supreme Court, suspended Sutton's license for one year, with three more on probation, saying he had cast the profession in a 'corrupt' light.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
She called it a 'cautionary tale on the ethical problems that can befall lawyers on social media' and urged them to consider posts on social media 'live ammunition'.
Sitton claimed it was a joke and part of his 'dark humor'.
Winston B Sitton, of Sitton & Associates in Nashville, Tennessee, has had his license suspended by the state's Supreme Court after advising a woman on Facebook in 2017 how to kill her husband and get away with it
Justice Holly Kirby, pictured, suspended his license for one year, with three more on probation, and called the case a 'cautionary tale' for lawyers on social media
Justice Kirby said that Sitton had cast the profession as 'corrupt' and there to provide 'false defenses'
The Tennessee Supreme Court in Nashville revoked an earlier decision by the Board of Professional Responsibility, who suspended Sitton's license for 60-days, saying the punishment was not severe enoughInsurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Sitton's law firm Sitton & Associates, is based in Nashville, Tennessee, pictured, but he claims to also be licensed in New York and Maryland
Sitton's comments came to light in the last few months after screenshots of the conversation were sent to the Board of Professional Responsibility, which referred the matter to the state's Supreme Court, as reported by The Tennesseean.
In the posts the unidentified woman asked for advice on whether she should keep a gun in her car, claiming that her ex husband, and father of their son, was abusive.
Sitton, founder of Sitton & Associates and graduate of The University of Virginia School of Law, wrote in reply: 'Even with the new stand your ground law, the castle doctrine is a far safer basis for use of deadly force,' according to documents filed in court.
Sitton, who claims in online profiles to be a member of the Tennessee, New York and Maryland bar, added: 'As a lawyer, I advise you to keep mum about this if you are remotely serious. Your defense is that you are afraid for your life _ revenge or premeditation of any sort will be used against you at trial.'
The woman's post was subsequently deleted but not before her ex saw the comments and took screenshots that he handed over to Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich, who alerted the Board of Professional Responsibility.
The comments came to light after the woman's ex partner took screenshots of the conversation and passed them to Amy Weirich, Shelby County District Attorney General, who passed them to the