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Michigan Attorney Murdoch Hertzog Suspended for Offering to Settle Invoices With Sex

December 16, 2009
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When I offered to report on all things Michigan, I had no idea how bad some things can get.  I put out the post on Attorney General Mike Cox: Newest Michigan Politician Taking Some Heat, and I have found a site called How to Buy the Michigan Courts, which profiles money in the court systems.  (Perhaps I should let them know about the influence of sex, seeing that Mike Cox, Michigan’s Attorney General may have been influenced by both in his refusal to investigate reports sent to his offices.)

But now, I have a report on an attorney suspended for 180 days for allowing clients to “work off” their bills on his “couch of restitution.”  Ick!  Ick, Ick, Ick, Ick 83-year old pervy guy:

“It all occurred when I wanted to get paid for my services,” he said.

But the board found “the high degree of similarity of these separate accounts established (Hertzog’s) system (of) making sexual overtures to female clients who were seeking legal assistance.”

The board, which was considering an appeal of an earlier ruling, increased Hertzog’s suspension to 180 days from the 120 days originally imposed. The heightened penalty is significant, because an attorney suspended for 180 days or more must apply to be reinstated, rather than be reinstated automatically.

One woman testified that after complying with Hertzog’s request for oral sex to pay for his services, he still sent her an invoice, after which she complained to the Attorney Grievance Commission.

Another woman testified Hertzog, who said he has a general practice, was representing her in a parental rights case in 2002 and made sexual overtures after she told him her husband was attending a class for sexual addiction.

“She testified she became nervous, stood up, and asked how much she and her husband owed,” the board said in a 15-page opinion. Hertzog “replied by telling her not to worry about his legal fees because she could pay the balance on his ‘couch of restitution.’ ”

A third woman testified Hertzog used the same name for his couch when he tried to get sex for representing her in a divorce in 1998 and 1999, the board said.

Other witnesses, including a retired judge, testified in defense of Hertzog and his character, the board said.

The board earlier “admonished” Hertzog in 1994 after finding he had suggested the exchange of sex for legal services.

The 180-day penalty also covered other misconduct by Hertzog, related to making false reports on his annual dues statements. Hertzog pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge in Macomb County Circuit Court in 2001 in exchange for dismissal of a fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct count. He later had the conviction set aside, but did not report it, as required.

The Detroit News reported this one, but I am sure it can be found in other newspapers as well.  I found way more sexual scandals in Michigan’s courts, because sex seems so much  harder to cover up than cash.  I will keep you posted, as always, but I am started to get seriously grossed out, not to mention a little disturbed at the perversion…

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  1. Helga permalink
    January 3, 2010 6:02 pm

    Back in 1976 when I was a teenager Mr. Hertzog chased me around his office while handling a legal problem that I went to him for help. I went to the bathroom and came back and he had the sofa bed pulled out and was ready to go. I turned down his offer. He was a very good friend of my family and did’nt tell anyone about this until this week. I always knew that it would catch up with him…. long time though.

    • brokeharvardgrad permalink*
      January 5, 2010 3:00 am

      It appears that men like that don’t change all that much over the years. It also seems that some men claim the “friendship of the family” route in order to try to keep their sexual predatory behavior secret. His actions follow the behavioral procedures of most sexual predators.

  2. Kathy A Nelson permalink
    March 21, 2012 12:24 am

    Omg … Is this the same Murdoch Hertzog that practices out of his Saint Clair shores… He is a nasty old man .. He has been trying to get me to sleep with him … He said i was a charity case and my balance is paid in full since 2010. last month he left a message stating. I still owe him money and he would work it out with me… He has told me several times …” when can he see my sexy body…. He was a lawyer and i didnt report it because I couldn’t win..

    • Kathy A Nelson permalink
      March 21, 2012 12:37 am

      It started in 1992 when i needed him for a child custody case… He wanted me to meet him at his Detroit office at 5 pm… He said he wanted to go over the case… I was 27 years old and didn’t think nothing of it until when i was in his office , looking out his window , he came behind and rubbed my ass… I was soo scared. …so i backed away …i laughed it off because I didn’t know what to do.. we left the office…. I went to my car and cried all the way home.. I was soo grossed out… I thought no one will believe me and i will never win … He is a lawyer and has money i don’t have money … so never told…

      • Kathy A Nelson permalink
        March 21, 2012 12:40 am

        The bad thing is the balance is still on my credit for a judgement that he said was paid …

  3. Betty permalink
    February 13, 2014 2:35 pm

    Did the woman get in trouble for prostitution?

  4. Laura permalink
    June 7, 2014 1:59 am

    Not one of these girls slept with him,cammie called the police and he was arrested, that’s the one he pleaded

  5. Laura permalink
    June 7, 2014 2:01 am

    Kathy, you would have won, we did when we decided to speak up and do something about his behavior. He’s a predator

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