Tuesday, January 8, 2019
An oral argument scheduled tomorrow before the Tennessee Supreme Court
- John O. Threadgill v. Board of Professional Responsibility- This case involves a disciplinary action against an attorney, Mr. John Threadgill. Mr. Threadgill was found guilty of evading taxes. This Court referred the matter to the Board of Professional Responsibility to determine the extent of attorney discipline necessary as a result of the conviction. Following a final hearing on the matter, the Hearing Panel in this case determined that disbarment was the appropriate discipline. Mr. Threadgill appealed to the Chancery Court for Knox County which affirmed the Hearing Panel’s decision. Mr. Threadgill now appeals that decision, arguing that the Hearing Panel and the trial court lacked the statutory authority and jurisdiction to impose discipline in this matter and that the judgment was unsupported by substantial and material evidence. Furthermore, he argues that a sanction of disbarment is contrary to the intent of the American Bar Association Standards for Imposing Lawyer Sanctions.