Volume 52, Number 51

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Byrdstown, Tennessee 38549 -- Thursday, December 18, 2014

Former DA Gibson loses law license

Former DA Gibson loses law licenseby: Mary Jo Denton
Herald-Citizen Staff
Former District Attorney Bill Gibson has been disbarred, meaning he has lost his license to practice law. The decision to revoke that license was made last Friday by the Tennessee Supreme Court.
It ends a process that began in September of 2006 when it was discovered that DA Gibson had improperly counseled a murderer, Chris Adams, that his office was prosecuting.
He also improperly helped Tina Sweat, a young woman who had been convicted of meth and assault offenses, by getting her conviction reversed and removed from the record.
His license to practice law was suspended in the fall of 2006, making it impossible for him to work at the job to which he was first elected in 1990.
He was investigated by the TBI, but a grand jury hearing the findings of that investigation did not indict him.
Last year, as the state legislature prepared to oust him from office, he resigned. Crossville attorney Randy York was then appointed district attorney here.
For two years, Gibson tried to get his law license restored, but after lengthy proceedings, an appointed hearing panel recommended that he be disbarred, and the Tennessee Supreme Court has approved that recommendation.
A Tennessee Bar Association account of the latest development says this:
"The court found that Gibson knowingly misused his position, engaged in a conflict-of-interest, influenced the outcome of a prosecution, engaged in ex parte communications with represented parties, breached confidentiality, and failed to act with reasonable diligence.
"The court also found that he made dishonest and deceitful statements to the court and improperly withheld material information.
According to the order, these actions adversely reflected on Gibson's fitness to practice law and caused serious injury to the integrity of the legal process.
"The court had suspended Gibson's license on Sept. 25, 2006, pending an investigation into allegations of misconduct. Gibson did not appeal the disbarment decision."

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