Lawyer faces being struck off for pretending to be client’s dead wife
In what could be a first, an Arizona lawyer may face disciplinary action after an investigation found that she told a client she was channeling ( pretending to be) his dead wife, then lied about it during an unrelated disciplinary proceeding.
An Arizona Supreme Court hearing officer recently filed a report on the conduct of Charna Johnson, who began representing the client in 1999 in divorce proceedings after meeting him in a ballroom dancing class. The client’s wife committed suicide the following year and Johnson handled the probate matters.
Within days of the death, Johnson began telling her client that “his deceased wife Jan had ‘come’ to her and that Jan’s ‘spirit’ was ‘inside’ her and that she could communicate Jan’s thoughts,” according to the report.
The client testified that Johnson pressured him to have a sexual relationship, although she told the investigator that the references to sex were coming from the deceased wife, not herself. The report recommends Johnson be suspended for six months.
Six months for pretending to be a ghost..surely she should be sectioned?