The Florida Bar has opened a solicitation investigation into attorney Lysa Clifton, who is one of three lawyers representing Michael Drejka – the man charged with manslaughter in the July 19 shooting death of Markeis McGlockton outside a Clearwater convenience store.
Drejka’s case has sparked a vigorous debate over Florida’s “stand your ground” law. But, his attorneys have not yet decided if they will pursue “stand your ground” as a defense.
Drejka had been appointed a public defender during his first court appearance on Tuesday. But, later that day, public logs showed Clifton went to visit Drejka at the Pinellas County Jail, where she said he agreed to have her represent him.
Bar rules prohibit lawyers from soliciting clients with whom they do not have prior relationships -- at least unless certain conditions are met.
A spokesperson for the Florida Bar said it would not release any more information until the case was closed or sent to a grievance committee.
On Tuesday, Clifton told reporters that she became his attorney after "a jail visit."
"We just talked," she said.
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