Thursday, October 28, 2021

Suspended Not Removed

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has suspended an attorney on an interim basis

Respondent’s rights to petition for dissolution or amendment of this order pursuant to Pa.R.D.E. 208(f)(4), and to request accelerated disposition of charges underlying this order pursuant to Pa.R.D.E. 208(f)(6), are specifically preserved.

This order should not be construed as removing Respondent from elected office and is limited to the temporary suspension of his license to practice law.

KDKA 2 Pittsburgh reported earlier this month

Officials in a rural western Pennsylvania county say the elected prosecutor’s access to his office and the courthouse has been restricted after he was charged last month with violently raping a woman he knew through work.

Somerset County District Attorney Jeffrey Lynn Thomas, 36, was accused last month of having attacked the woman in her Windber home. He was charged with rape, indecent and simple assault, strangulation and criminal trespassing.

County Solicitor Michael Barbera told The (Johnstown) Tribune Democrat that Thomas can no longer use a remote “key fob” to enter the building through side doors or after hours. Instead, he must use the main public entrance with metal detectors and scanners and staffed by sheriff’s deputies, he said.

Barbera says that since Thomas is charged with felonies he no longer has access to a law enforcement database.

The Republican said he is planning to plead not guilty and fight the charges in court. He told reporters Friday through his attorney that he’s taking a leave of absence to focus on his case.

His lawyer also told reporters Friday that “there’s much more to this story than meets the eye.”

There often is. (Mike Frisch)

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