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

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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.

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/24/12 - 05:30 am
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I thought David Fry said he

I thought David Fry said he was emotionally distraught and acting irrationally when he tried to bribe the two Commissioners? That admission should be grounds enough for his license to practice law to be suspended, even if the criminal action itself is not...which it IS.

Neal's case is a no brainer. Hopefully, not only his attorney's license will be taken, but his liberty, too.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 04/24/12 - 08:27 am
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Not so fast, RM. If Fry can

Not so fast, RM. If Fry can show that he has got his emotions under control at this time (through professional counseling and/or medication), then his past emotional state should not be held against him.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/24/12 - 10:08 am
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LL, of course YOU would say

LL, of course YOU would say that. (I remember from the lunch :). But he can prove it with medical statements and so on. Don't make it easy for him. Of course since he was not found not guilty, I'd still remove him from the Bar because of the serious charges.

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 04/24/12 - 03:22 pm
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In the AJC, isn't there at

In the AJC, isn't there at least one practicing attorney who has pleaded guilty to Medicare fraud in SC?

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Willow Bailey 04/24/12 - 03:26 pm
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Amazing, a self admitted

Amazing, a self admitted emotional basket case is allowed to
practice law. Lawyers overseeing lawyers; who would have thought?

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Willow Bailey 04/24/12 - 03:28 pm
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And not to worry, Joe, you'll

And not to worry, Joe, you'll get your's back, too.

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