Anya Cintron Stern, a 31 year old lawyer, was allegedly fired for posting a picture of her client’s underwear on Facebook. Ms. Stern, representing Fermin Recalde, got the picture while her client’s clothing was being inspected during a trial. In addition, the trial was declared a mistrial. Per the Miami Herald:
Recalde’s family brought him a bag of fresh clothes to wear during trial. When Miami-Dade corrections officers lifted up the pieces for a routine inspection, Recalde’s public defender Anya Cintron Stern snapped a photo of Recalde’s briefs with her cellphone, witnesses said.
While on a break, the 31-year-old lawyer posted the photo on her personal Facebook page with a caption suggesting the client’s family believed the underwear was “proper attire for trial.”
Although her Facebook page is private and can only be viewed by her friends, somebody who saw the posting notified Miami-Dade Judge Leon Firtel, who declared a mistrial.
And Cintron Stern was immediately fired, according to Miami-Dade Public Defender Carlos Martinez, whose office represents clients who cannot afford a private attorney…
…Also of concern to her superiors: an earlier post on her Facebook that appeared to call into question the client’s innocence.”