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Chicago lawyers have state licenses suspended in wake of criminal sentencing

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GREEN LAKE, WI (WTAQ) - Two Chicago attorneys had their Wisconsin law licenses suspended Wednesday, after they escaped with light criminal sentences for raping a woman in Green Lake seven years ago.

The State Supreme Court suspended Stephan Addison’s law license for 2 months, and Benjamin Butler lost his license for one month.

Both graduated from the UW Law School, and they worked at prominent Chicago law firms when they were charged in 2005 with sex-related felonies in Green Lake County.

Both struck plea deals and were convicted in 2006 of reckless endangerment. They were told to do community service, and Addison got 30 days in jail with work release privileges. That spurred a recall effort against the judge in the case – but it never got off the ground.

The two lawyers left their Chicago law firm after they were charged, and they started their own company. The State Bar’s Web site showed that Addison was in good standing as a Wisconsin lawyer before his suspension Wednesday.

Butler had his license suspended for not paying dues to the State Bar. Both attorneys also got suspensions in Illinois in 2010. 

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