Observer Publisher Files Complaint with State Bar
April 12, 2018
Culver City Observer Publisher Stephen Hadland has filed a complaint with the California State Bar against attorney Les Greenberg, Esq. for requesting criminal charges be filed against him and Culver City Councilman Jim Clarke.
Greenberg sent letters to both City Attorney Carol Schwab and Police Chief Scott Bixby. Schwab has already rejected the request.
In requesting the investigation, Mr. Hadland stated: “In each case, Mr. Greenberg, Esq. threatened and requested that Councilmember Clarke and myself be subject to criminal prosecution for exercising our right to Free Speech and challenging the freedom of the Press.
I have attached copies of the pages the articles and comments appeared on. They are also available for review on our website at: http://www.culvercityobserver.com “
Mr. Hadland went on to quote Section 3.10 of the Rules of Professional Conduct of the State Bar: “Attorneys cannot use their position to threaten criminal action simply because of a civil dispute. There are probably other sections relating to attorneys who abuse their position by making unfounded threats.’