This excerpt from the ABA Journal speaks for itself, so I’ll just file it in the “don’t try this at home” category, and move on:

A lawyer says his letter threatening to reveal a prosecutor’s alleged car registration violation was intended as a joke, but Gage County Attorney Randy Ritnour didn’t take it that way.

Neither did the Supreme Court of Nebraska. The court suspended the attorney for 120 days for writing a letter offering to drop the registration matter if Ritnour responded in kind by dismissing a case against an associate in the lawyer’s office, the National Law Journal reports. The associate had been charged with driving without proper registration or proof of insurance.

The letter included a photo of the license plate on the prosecutor’s car and said, "Our lips, of course, are forever sealed if [the associate’s] case gets dismissed."

An expensive joke.