Two attorneys have been suspended from practicing law for a combined three months, after a controversial sexual encounter with a woman in Green Lake. See below to read the official recommendation for suspension.

Originally charged with first-degree sexual assault, both men pleaded no contest to reduced charges in late 2006.

Their subsequent sentences sparked outrage from area residents who thought the penalties were too lenient.

The frustration resulted in an attempted recall of Green Lake County Judge W.M. McMonigal in early 2007.

Recall petition organizers did not obtain a sufficient number of signatures, though.

But earlier this month, the Illinois Supreme Court suspended the lawyers’ legal licenses for a combined 90 days. The court adopted a recommendation from the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission.

Stephan W. Addison, 32, was suspended from law practice for 60 days. Meanwhile, Benjamin C. Butler, 33, was suspended for 30 days. Read the full article in the Nov. 25 Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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