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Spencer to appeal state bar’s discipline ruling

BY PORTSIA SMITH

Caroline County Commonwealth’s Attorney Tony Spencer is appealing a disciplinary violation order against him by the Virginia State Bar.

The Sixth District Committee of the Bar issued a public admonition to Spencer for talking with an imprisoned defendant about a case without notifying the defendant’s lawyers about the discussion and not offering to have his lawyers  present.

The committee, chaired by Spotsylvania County Commonwealth’s Attorney Bill Neely, determined that on April 3, 2008, Spencer went to the Rappahannock Regional Jail accompanied by a deputy and questioned Thomas Reynolds III about a civil case regarding a forged will and a criminal firearms  charge.

Spencer said today that he has appealed the decision.

“I’ve done absolutely nothing wrong and expect to be vindicated on appeal,” he said. “Everything I did was in the interest of public safety in mind.”

The committee did clear Spencer of three other misconduct allegations, which include fairness to opposing party and counsel, impartiality and decorum of the tribunal and responsibilities of a prosecutor.

An appeal hearing will be held April 22 in Richmond by the Virginia State Board Disciplinary Board.

Reynolds was eventually sentenced to two years in prison on the possession of a firearm by a felon charge, according to court records. The forgery charge was dropped.

Lawyer discipline

Under the Virginia State Bar’s rules, there are several levels of discipline:

  • The lawyer can receive a private reprimand or admonition for less serious rule violations;
  • The lawyer can receive a public reprimand for more serious rule violations;
  • The lawyer’s license can be suspended for up to five years, during which time the lawyer cannot practice law;
  • The lawyer’s license can be revoked.

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  • billmoney

    Great,

    Now we have this bozo working with Sheriff Lippa.Uh, blind leading the blind ROFL.

  • goesaroundcomesaround

    While I voted for Mr. Spencer, I have since found that he, his staff, and their spouses feel that they are above the law and have declared themselves “untouchable” against the laws of Caroline County.

  • mms

    Mr. Spencer is and his lackys are a sham. My daughter was molested by what we have discovered is a serial pedophile back in june. We know for certian that he has abused 3 little girls and are sure there are more victims out there. What has the great Tony Spencer done to punish this monster and ensure our children are safe from future attacks??? NOTHING!! NOT A DAMN THING!! He won’t even press charges for what that demon did to my daughter…said because she’s only 3 they don’t think she’s a credable enough witness to take the stand?!?!?! Did you catch that….they are laying all the burden on the shoulders of a already victimized child!!!! The 1 crime they did choose to move forward with the plea’d him out to 12months with all of it suspended!!!
    Be very sure come next election I will do all in my power to make sure Tony Spencer never pretends to represent our interests again!!!

  • goesaroundcomesaround

    mms,
    Had it been a civil violation, Mr. Spencer would have visited this monster personally.

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