Attorney Faces Suspension After Photoshoping Herself Into Photos With Celebrities

Sep 22, 2014

Tiffany Mueller

Tiffany Mueller is a photographer and content strategist based in Hawi, Hawaii. Her work has been shared by top publications like The New York Times, Adobe, and others.

Attorney Faces Suspension After Photoshoping Herself Into Photos With Celebrities

Sep 22, 2014

Tiffany Mueller

Tiffany Mueller is a photographer and content strategist based in Hawi, Hawaii. Her work has been shared by top publications like The New York Times, Adobe, and others.

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Screen shot showing a few of the many photoshopped images on the lawyers website.

A California lawyer, Svitlana Sangary, is facing legal trouble of her own after she was caught posting fake photos to her business website. Sangary added herself to dozens of photos, making the images appear as though she were personal acquaintances of different celebrities and politicians. The California Bar Association is now suggesting to the Supmreme Court that Sangary’s license be suspend for 6 months, followed by a 2 1/2 year probation period.

In her response to the disciplinary charges, Sangray sent the court a mini-novel which the courts called a “16-page soliloquy with little to no rational connection to the charges.” According to CNN, inside those 16 pages of  irrational response, Sangray attached a copy of an email she received which was addressed from President Obama (with whom she “posed” with for one of her photos) asking her to donate “$3 or more” to help his political campaign. 

Since the images were posted to her business website, the ruling considered the photographs to be “false, deceptive, and intended to confuse, deceive and mislead the public.

Not everyone agrees, however. Interestingly, some lawyers think the violation, albeit immoral (and kinda creepy), is too insignificant and shouldn’t lead to a suspension. What are your thoughts, is photoshopping yourself into celeb photos worthy of a six month suspension (and is a six month suspension enough to address the weird creep factor?

(If you’re curious about her Photoshop skills, at the time of posting, the attorney’s website still features over 50 of her renditions.)

[ via CNN ]

 

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7 responses to “Attorney Faces Suspension After Photoshoping Herself Into Photos With Celebrities”

  1. James Fogg Avatar
    James Fogg

    If suspended, perhaps she should take advantage of the time to develop a 2nd career as a Photoshop artist…..

  2. stewart norton Avatar
    stewart norton

    Inspired love it ;-)

  3. Z Avatar
    Z

    It’s not novel but still cute in a smirky kind of way. To post it on a biz site – that doesn’t relate to photography, graphic design, or social media – I’d say it’s questionable. I’d say it’s DOUBLY questionable where the biz revolves around who you know and not necessarily what you know. A little like lying on your resume…

  4. Frank Ball Avatar
    Frank Ball

    Good skills, but it’s obvious she wants more government control over all our lives.

  5. fauxshizzl Avatar
    fauxshizzl

    It goes without question that those pictures were meant to insinuate she knew or had at least met all of these people. In her line of work having those “credentials” goes further than the school you got your degree from. Deceptive to the point I think a 6 month suspension is bottom line what she deserves. After all, as a lawyer she knows the law better than most and could never dissuade a judge otherwise and play dumb.

  6. Lyle Avatar
    Lyle

    For someone who (apparently, from the photos) travels in such esteemed circles she has a pitifully lame website and very limited “Results” page on it. She’s a joke. haha

  7. Me, Myself and I Avatar
    Me, Myself and I

    No one mentioning copyright violations? Unless she TOOK those pictures or has a licence to use and edit those pictures, she violated the photographers rights (distribution and integrity of the work).

    Also, unless she has model releases from the celebrities or government officials she could be sued for un-liscenced commercial exploitation of their likeness (violation of personal rights) …

    So:
    – False Representation
    – Copyright Violation
    – Commercial use of a persons likeness (“personal rights” violation)

    I’m not a lawyer so maybe I’m way off here but that doesn’t sound so insignificant to me.