IN THE MATTER OF
LUTHER CORNELIUS EDMONDS
VSB Docket No. 00-000-1271
ORDER OF REVOCATION
On June 27, 2003 this
matter came on for hearing on a Rule to Show Cause. The hearing was held before
a duly convened panel of the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board (ìBoardî)
consisting of John A. Dezio, Chair, presiding, and James L. Banks, Jr., Ann
M. Kathan, Thaddeus T. Crump, Lay Member, and Henry P. Custis, Jr.
The Clerk of the Disciplinary System
sent all notices required by law. The
Respondent, Luther Cornelius Edmonds (ìRespondentî or ìMr. Edmondsî) appeared
in person represented by Michael L. Rigsby, Esquire. Richard
E. Slaney, Esquire, Assistant Bar Counsel, appeared for the Virginia State
Bar. The Chair opened the
hearing by polling all members of the panel as to whether there existed any
conflict or other reason why any member should not sit on the panel. Each,
including the Chair, responded in the negative. The
Virginia State Bar filed nine exhibits that were received and accepted into
the record in addition to Respondentís prior disciplinary record.
The Respondent filed eleven exhibits
that were received and accepted into the record. Respondent presented other
evidence by witnesses testifying ore tenus.
Findings of Fact
1. At all times relevant to the charge in this matter Luther Cornelius Edmonds, Esquire has been an attorney licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia, although not at all times in good standing. 2. Respondent was convicted of Unlawful Wounding and Unlawful Wearing of a Mask on November 24, 1999, in the matter of Commonwealth of Virginia v. Luther C. Edmonds, No. CF982338, Circuit Court of the City of Alexandria. 3. The offenses for which Respondent was convicted are Class 6 felonies in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Said felonies are crimes as defined by the Rules of Court, Part 6, Section IV, Paragraph 13(A). 4. Respondent was subsequently sentenced to twelve months in jail for Unlawful Wounding and six months in jail for Unlawful Wearing of a Mask and ordered to pay a fine of $2,500.00 for each conviction plus court costs. Respondent was released from jail on February 26, 2001 and has made substantial progress in the payment of both the fines and court costs.
Nature of Misconduct
The Board unanimously finds, by clear and convincing evidence that Respondentís felony convictions for violations of the law of the Commonwealth of Virginia constitute a violation of Rule of Professional Conduct 8.4(b) and that Respondent has failed to show cause why his license to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia should not be further suspended or revoked.
IMPOSITION OF SANCTIONS
The Bar presented documentary evidence along with Respondentís previous disciplinary record and made further argument for sanctions. Respondent presented documentary evidence, evidence ore tenus, and made argument for purposes of the Boardís consideration of sanctions. After reviewing all of the above, the Board finds that Respondent has failed to show cause why his license should not be further suspended or revoked. The Board concludes that revocation of Respondentís license to practice law is the appropriate sanction under all the circumstances.
Accordingly, it is ORDERED that the license to practice law in the Courts of this Commonwealth heretofore issued to LUTHER CORNELIUS EDMONDS, Esquire, be and the same is hereby REVOKED, effective June 27, 2003.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that, as directed in the Boardís June 27, 2003, Summary Order in this matter, Respondent must comply with the requirements of Part 6, Section IV, Paragraph 13.M. of the Rules of the Supreme Court of Virginia. All issues concerning the adequacy of the notice and arrangements required by the Summary Order shall be determined by the Board.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Clerk of the Disciplinary System send an attested and true copy of this Order of Revocation to Respondent, Luther Cornelius Edmonds, 1225 Boissevain Ave., Norfolk, VA 23507; to Michael L. Rigsby, Esquire, Carrell, Rice & Rigsby, Forest Plaza II, Suite 309, 7274 Glen Forest Drive, Richmond, VA 23226; and to Richard E. Slaney, Esquire, Assistant Bar Counsel, Virginia State Bar 707 East Main Street, Suite 1500, Richmond, VA 23219-2800. Tracy J. Stroh, Chandler & Halasz, P.O. Box 9349, Richmond, VA 23227, (804) 730-1222, was the reporter for the hearing and having been duly sworn, transcribed the proceedings. The Clerk of the Disciplinary System shall assess costs pursuant to Part 6, Section IV, Paragraph 13.B.8.c of the Rules of the Virginia Supreme Court.
ENTER THIS ORDER THIS __ DAY OF __________ __, 2003
VIRGINIA STATE BAR DISCIPLINARY BOARD
John A. Dezio