David Fry remains in good standing with bar association after plea, but license of Joe Neal Jr. suspended

David Fry, the lawyer who took a plea deal to avoid a conviction on bribery charges, remains a member in good standing with the Georgia Bar Association.

The license of Joe Neal Jr., who is awaiting trial on charges of rape and furnishing alcohol to a person under the age of 21, has been temporarily suspended in South Carolina, however.

Fry received five years’ probation and community service March 8 after entering an Alford plea to allegations that he tried to sway the votes of two Augusta Commission members in 2009.

His first-offender status guarantees he will have no felony conviction after successfully completing probation.

At sentencing, Superior Court Judge James Blanchard said a letter would be sent to the Georgia Bar notifying them of the outcome of the case. Blanchard said Monday that a certified letter had been sent to the Georgia Bar’s headquarters in Atlanta.

Neal and his ex-wife, Caroline Neal, were indicted March 6 on felony charges after a teenage girl said they tried to have sex with her after giving her alcohol and marijuana. They pleaded not guilty and have been released on bond.

According to the South Carolina Bar, Neal’s license is under temporary suspension under Rule 17 (a), which authorizes the suspension after notice of criminal indictment.

Troubled Augusta lawyers face bar review
Augusta attorney expected to earn $13,000 a year in TEE Center parking deck deal with commissioners
Accused of trying to bribe 2 Augusta commissioners on TEE Center parking deck, attorney accepts plea deal