Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Disbarment For First Degree Murder
From the web page of the Texas Sate Bar:
On December 23, 2008 the Board of Disciplinary Appeals signed a final judgment disbarring Troy, Virginia attorney Piper A. Rountree, 48, State Bar of Texas Card No. 17323050. On July 13, 2007, the Board signed an Interlocutory Order suspending Rountree from the practice of law pending the appeal of her criminal conviction for First Degree Murder/F in violation of § 18.2-32 of the Code of Virginia (Cause No. CR04-5364-00) and Use of a Firearm during the Commission of a Felony/F in violation of § 18.2-53.1 of the Code of Virginia (Cause No. CR04-5365-00), Intentional Crimes as defined in the Texas Rules of Disciplinary Procedure , in styled, Commonwealth of Virginia v. Piper Ann Rountree. Rountree was sentenced to life in prison in Cause No. CR04-5364-00 and sentenced to three years in prison in Cause No. CR04-5365-00. In addition, she was ordered to pay $3545.00 in costs. On July 24, 2007, the Court of Appeals of Virginia affirmed Rountree’s conviction. On or about October 6, 2008, the Supreme Court of the United States denied Rountree’s Petition for Writ of Certiorari to the Supreme Court of Virginia and the conviction is final.
The underlying criminal case has received a good deal of publicity. (Mike Frisch)