Mezrow Suffers Third Mistrial in Two-Year Period
Rau ordered Pansini & Mezrow to pay the defense's trial costs, excluding attorney fees.
Rau said in the order that "allowing an attorney unauthorized to practice law to represent the plaintiffs in this action contaminated the entirety of the trial and compromised the integrity of any verdict that might result."
Mezrow told Rau that he had received notice in August that he would be administratively suspended if he did not pay a fee for continuing legal education credits he obtained late, according to the trial transcript.
Mezrow said he made the payment by credit card and was told by someone at the Supreme Court that the issue was resolved, according to the trial transcript.
Mezrow told Rau he never opens his own mail but instead has a secretary do it, so he never saw any letter notifying him that he had failed to renew his registration, according to the trial transcript.
Pansini, who was trying the case with Mezrow, told Rau that Mezrow had a secretary but that she was fired in the spring and never replaced, according to the trial transcript.
Mezrow told The Legal in November that his suspension had been the product of "nothing more than the tardy receipt of the annual fee which I thought had already been paid."
"Within hours of learning that it had not been paid, the fee was hand-delivered and the administrative suspension was immediately lifted and I was immediately reinstated," Mezrow said.
The mistrial in DiSalvio came about two years after the first of two mistrials in Antonson.
In Antonson, DiVito granted the defense counsel's motion for a mistrial, which alleged that Mezrow had questioned a defense witness on the stand about inadmissible photographs of the sidewalk where the injury allegedly occurred in an attempt to make the jury believe the witness had intentionally destroyed the photographs.