Matt Demlein Newsradio WRVA

No law license for Morrissey

Controversial attorney loses effort to get it back

July 18, 2019 - 2:24 pm

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Supreme Court of Virginia has rejected an attempt by a controversial lawyer and state Senate candidate to overturn a ruling revoking his law license.

In 2018, a three-judge panel of Circuit Court judges found that Joe Morrissey violated professional rules of conduct, including by having a sexual relationship with his then-17-year-old office receptionist.

Morrissey was convicted of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He later married his receptionist and they now have three children.

Morrissey's lawyers argued that the judges made errors and gave him an overly harsh punishment.

But the Supreme Court found no errors and said the punishment was appropriate. The court cited Morrissey's long disciplinary history, which includes reprimands, suspensions and an earlier license revocation.

Morrissey did not immediately return a call seeking comment Thursday.


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