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Content Frame

Type of Abuse of Power Emotional Intent Consequences for

Victims

Outcomes
Racism Malicious, Harmful, Unethical, Negative, Inappropriate, Demeaning, Unequal, Degrading Abuse, Belittlement, Lack of Support, Intimidation, Lack of Trust and Acceptance by Others Tyrannical Behavior, Powerful, No Recourse, No Acceptance of Equality, No Consideration for Victims
Discrimination Malicious, Harmful, Negative, Unethical, Illegal, Inappropriate, Demeaning, Unequal, Degrading Abuse, Lack of Support, Low Self-Confidence, Low Self-Esteem, Inequality, Intimidation, Lack of Acceptance by Others Authority, No Recourse, No Punishment, Supremacy on all Levels, No Acceptance of Equality, No Consideration for Victims
Illegal Opportunism Illegal, Negative, Harmful, Malicious, Inappropriate, Demeaning, Based on False Pretenses Abuse, No Authority, No Voice, Intimidation, Lack of Trust and Acceptance by Others Authority, Power, Greed, Selfishness, No Recourse, Supremacy on all Levels, No Consideration for Victims

The content frame provided in this example ties several themes together in a cohesive manner to better understand the subject matter and the intent of the accused in each article. There is a significant divide between what is considered to be ethically appropriate and what actions are taken in these case examples; therefore, there is a clear and demonstrative abuse of power on many levels. The feeling of supremacy that many people experience in abusing their powers is significant and drives their long-term focus and intent. It appears that the intent of many of these actions is to exercise authority in as many means as possible without considering the long-term consequences and impact of these actions. These negative and highly inappropriate behaviors are also driven by other factors which drive those in positions of power to behave in a negative manner. This set of practices is designed to intimidate and hurt others and to have the entire focus on the leader rather than the entire group. This is a difficult concept to accept and should not be tolerated.

Content Analysis

Case Name (Teachers =T, Lawyers = L) Type of Abuse of Power Emotions Behind Actions Outcomes Frequency of Word Usage
T: Tiffany Dawn Angus Sexual intercourse with a minor, purchase of alcohol for a minor, inappropriate physical activity in public Power, authority, manipulation, coercion Termination of teaching credentials and inability to restore at any point in the future Professional misconduct, abuse, disgraceful, conduct unbecoming a member
T: Paul Anthony Chambers Research and possession of pornographic material on school computers Power, manipulation, influence, selfishness Certification of qualification revoked Professional misconduct, abuse, disgraceful, conduct unbecoming a member
T: Sheryl Ann Gervais Borrowed money from community members with no intent to pay it back Power, manipulation, greed, selfishness, coercion Suspended for a 14-month period Professional misconduct, disgraceful, conduct unbecoming a member
T: John Douglas Hethrington Made racist remarks to a student and engaged in poor behavior Rage, anger, frustration, selfishness, power Suspension and completion of anger management courses Professional misconduct, abuse, disgraceful, conduct unbecoming a member
T: Robert Knott Driving students to a sporting event with a suspended license, revoked for driving under the influence and refusing a Breathalyzer test Selfishness, danger, power, authority Suspension for a 3-month period Professional misconduct, disgraceful, conduct unbecoming a member
T: Terrance O’Brien Sexual assault of minors under age 14 Power, authority, selfishness, dishonesty, deceit Teaching certificate revoked and placed on a 10-year probation when he cannot apply for reinstatement Professional misconduct, abuse, disgraceful, conduct unbecoming a member
L: Gideon McGuire Augier Failed to comply with the rules of the Law Society of Upper Canada Power, authority, greed, selfishness, dishonesty, deceit Prohibited from practicing law in Ontario, in a firm or on an individual basis Permanently enjoined from engaging in the practice of law or provide legal services in Ontario
L: Joan Raymond Failed to comply with the rules of the Law Society of Upper Canada Power, authority, greed, manipulation, dishonesty Prohibited from practicing law in Ontario, in a firm or on an individual basis Permanently enjoined from engaging in the practice of law or provide legal services in Ontario
L:John E. Wilson Failed to comply with the rules of the Law Society of Upper Canada Power, authority, greed, manipulation, negativity, dishonesty, deceit Prohibited from practicing law in small claims court in Ontario, in a firm or on an individual basis Permanently enjoined from engaging in the practice of law or provide legal services in Ontario
L: John Peter Gorman Failed to comply with the rules of the Law Society of Upper Canada Power, authority, greed, manipulation, abuse, dishonesty Prohibited from practicing law in Ontario, in a firm or on an individual basis Permanently enjoined from engaging in the practice of law or provide legal services in Ontario
L: Jacques Jean Constantin Failed to comply with the rules of the Law Society of Upper Canada Power, authority, greed, manipulation, fabrication, deceit, dishonesty Prohibited from practicing law in Ontario, in a firm or on an individual basis Permanently enjoined from engaging in the practice of law or provide legal services in Ontario
L: Peter P. Vincent Failed to comply with the rules of the Law Society of Upper Canada Authority, greed, manipulation, deceit, dishonesty Prohibited from practicing law in Ontario, in a firm or on an individual basis Permanently enjoined from engaging in the practice of law or provide legal services in Ontario

Word Usage

Teachers

Professional Misconduct: 6

Abuse: 4

Disgraceful: 6

Conduct unbecoming a member: 6

Lawyers

Permanently enjoined from engaging in the practice of law or provide legal services in Ontario: 6

In each of these examples, it is evident that the teachers and lawyers who committed heinous acts in order to exercise their authority and to appear powerful conducted these actions under the pretense that their actions would not be identified. These professionals believed to some degree that they were infallible, and this represents their willingness to take illegal and falsified risks to get ahead and to exercise power and authority. In some ways, these professionals believe that their actions and abuses of power were above the law and that they had the authority to conduct themselves in this manner. Students and other people seeking legal advice are looking for support and assistance, but the intent of those who are hired to assist them is not always appropriate. Therefore, this content analysis demonstrates a number of common themes which reflect how power, authority, and greed play a role in many organizations in a negative manner, and these actions have a serious impact on the reputations of these fields and their objectives.

Works Cited

The Law Society of Upper Canada. Illegal Practitioners. Web. 16 February 2013.

Ontario College of Teachers. Decisions. Web. 16 February 2013.