State v. Harrington

In State v. Harrington (1969) 128 Vt. 242 260 A.2d 692, the defendant, an attorney representing the wife in a divorce proceeding, threatened, among other things, to have his client report the husband to the Internal Revenue Service, the United States Customs Service, or other governmental agencies for unspecified violations if the husband did not agree to a settlement involving a payment of $175,000 to the wife. (Harrington, 260 A.2d at pp. 695-696.) The Supreme Court of Vermont held that "these veiled threats exceeded the limits of Attorney Harrington's representation of his client in the divorce action" and constituted extortion. (Harrington, at p. 699.)