BEFORE THE VIRGINIA STATE BAR DISCIPLINARY BOARD



IN THE MATTER OF STEPHEN GARY MERRILL



VSB Docket No. 00-022-3088



ORDER OF SUSPENSION



This matter came on to be heard on September 28, 2001, before a panel of the Disciplinary Board consisting of John A. Dezio, Chair, William C. Boyce, Jr., Donna A. DeCorleto, Joseph R. Lassiter, Jr., and Roscoe B. Stephenson, III. The Virginia State Bar ("VSB") was represented by Richard E. Slaney, Assistant Bar Counsel. The respondent, STEPHEN GARY MERRILL, was present and proceeded pro se. Donna T. Chandler, Chandler & Halasz, Registered Professional Reporters, P.O. Box 9349, Richmond, VA 23227, 804/730-1222, recorded the hearing. The Chair polled the panel to determine whether any member would be prevented from hearing the matters because of a conflict, actual or perceived. Each member, including the Chair, responded in the negative. Upon the conclusion of the misconduct phase, the panel deliberated and reached a finding that misconduct had occurred, after which the panel reconvened and heard further evidence, after which the panel again deliberated and returned its decision. The VSB pre-filed exhibits in the case, and Respondent offered exhibits during the proceedings. No objection was raised to any of the exhibits, and all were received into evidence.



FINDINGS OF MISCONDUCT