By Joe Nelson
Created: 05/27/2010 05:38:32 PM PDT
The former defendant in one of San Bernardino County’s most complex real estate fraud case sued her former attorney today, alleging he breached attorney-client privilege and libeled her by posting false information on his campaign Web site.
Jane Un filed the lawsuit today in San Bernardino Superior Court against Frank H. Guzman, who is running against Michael A. Ramos for District Attorney. She also filed a complaint with the California Bar Association.
Un spent 28 months in prison before her sentence was reversed on appeal. Under a plea bargain with county prosecutors, she pleaded guilty in January 2006 to two misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct and two misdemeanor counts of trespassing.
On his Web site, Guzman said Ramos gave Un a “sweetheart deal,” that Un was charged with stealing more than $400,000 and that she was dating a friend of Ramos’s at the time her plea bargain was struck.
None of the allegations, Un states in her lawsuit, are true, and expose her to hatred and ridicule and “imputes a lack of chastity.”
“This Web site included statements in which Un believes were made by Guzman against her and which were derived in part from confidential and privileged communications Un had with Guzman,” according to the lawsuit.
The filing of the lawsuit comes 10 days before the primary election.
When asked if there was a political motive behind the lawsuit, Un’s attorney, C. Patrick Milligan, said, “Only this: This man is seeking to become District Attorney and to have the county as his client, and Jane Un felt that it was very important that she file all of these actions so that some people can be aware of that fact that he is not protective of some of his clients.”
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