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Judges bar Joe Neal Jr. from federal court work

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Joe Neal Jr. was suspended from practicing law in federal court Friday for the balance of his time on probation for charges stemming from a rape case.

U.S. District judges Dudley Bowen and Randal Hall said in the order that the public’s perception of an attorney under supervised probation and performing community service at a sewage treatment plant is “anathemic to the image and expectations of conduct for attorneys practicing in this
court.”

Neal accepted a plea bargain this month that reduced charges of rape to two misdemeanors: disorderly conduct and
possession of marijuana.

He also pleaded guilty to furnishing alcohol to a person younger than 21 for a sentence of three years’ probation.

The charges stemmed from a teenage babysitter’s accusations that Neal and his ex-wife, Caroline Caldwell Neal, forced her into a threesome in December at their home on Kings Way.

Caroline Neal was indicted on the same rape and alcohol charges; she has pleaded guilty and is scheduled for sentencing July 2.

Friday’s order was issued without notice or a hearing “in order to immediately address the court’s concerns for the court’s expectations and the public’s perception of the conduct of attorneys at law.”

The order gives Neal a chance to challenge his suspension before the court and on the record. Records show he has no open cases in the Southern District of Georgia.

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Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 06/25/12 - 01:12 pm
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Wait a minute

Shame on Judges Hall and Bowen for besmirching sewage treatment plant workers. The work they do is honorable and is essential for our modern society, not to mention environmentally desirable. We should salute those who work at the sewage plant and thank them.

raul
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raul 06/25/12 - 01:15 pm
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@LittleLamb. LL, you have a

@LittleLamb. LL, you have a valid point there. Sewage plant workers are more honorable than a lot of lawyers out there!!

kiwiinamerica
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kiwiinamerica 06/25/12 - 01:29 pm
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Appropriate community service
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What do sewage treatment plants and lawyers have in common?

They're both full of $h!#

Sweet son
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Sweet son 06/25/12 - 01:49 pm
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Step up other Courts!!

Superior and State courts as well as the Georgia Bar should ban him from work the same as Hall and Bowen. Guess what? Won't happen because of the good ole boy network! If you hit him hard in his pocket book then he might learn his lesson. Not to worry, Joe, Sr. will take care of his little boy!

Dixieman
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Dixieman 06/25/12 - 02:03 pm
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Not fair

I don't like what Neal did, but he should not be suspended from any court unless it is shown he violated a specific rule of that court. This just sounds like the two judges have taken a personal dislike to him and that is NOT PROPER personal vendetta. Not right for judges to do this!
On the other hand, Neal may have found his true calling in life down at the sewage plant...a career change? Question is whether the sewage workers will accept him or think he lowers the tone of the place (and they do do essential work)

Iwannakno
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Iwannakno 06/25/12 - 02:17 pm
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Dixie is right
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Yeah this smacks of personal issues. I look for Neal to fight this and win. That being said. Sewage workers are clean compared to him but if you want to go after someone do it right. It's politics plain and simple.

raul
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raul 06/26/12 - 03:07 pm
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How long is his probation?

How long is his probation?

Nevermind, I see it is three years. I either missed it, or it was added after the initial article.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/25/12 - 06:40 pm
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The accusations the Thirty

The accusations the Thirty Second Man made about his arrest and trial are certainly grounds for disbarment. However, it has nothing to do with him working at the Sewage Treatment Plant. As LL pointed out, that's a valid profession. Randy Hall is amiss with that line of reasoning.

raul
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raul 06/25/12 - 09:33 pm
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"Caroline Neal was indicted

"Caroline Neal was indicted on the same rape and alcohol charges; she has pleaded guilty and is scheduled for sentencing July 2."

Unless, I am misreading this, the statement implies she pled guilty to more than one charge. She pled guilty to furnishing alcohol to a minor. Nothing else.

KSL
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KSL 06/26/12 - 01:40 am
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Peyton Place

AKA 2012

KSL
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KSL 06/26/12 - 01:58 am
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The jury used common sense

The jury used common sense and followed the law. The text messages sent by the 18 year old the next day clinched the verdict. As deplorable as what the Neals did, that 18 year old was not a victim, until she wanted to play that card.

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 06/26/12 - 02:02 am
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The reference to the sewage treatment plant...

in the judges' order figures to have been some of Dudley's work.

Randy Hall is too-class-an-act to follow such reasoning and to resort to such a reference.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/26/12 - 06:19 am
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What's Needed

What's needed is for local prosecutors and judges to bring the issue of Neal's post trial statements to the GA Bar. That incident has not been officially addressed as of now and it should be.

twolane
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twolane 06/26/12 - 12:04 pm
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when local attorney was caught with felony cocaine possession
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when a certain lawyer in augusta was arrested downtown for a half ounce of cocaine in his pocket did they do this to him.....maybe neal has a point about his lawsuit against the county....he is suing them for the deaths of those people that died in the mobile home fire...and really he has slam dunk case the fire marshall for the city approved the wiring that indeed caused their deaths maybe he was right

king weenie
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king weenie 06/26/12 - 12:47 pm
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Who would ever hire this scum

Who would ever hire this scum bag again ! besides a criminal

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