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Disciplinary Counsel v. Williams.

October 13, 2011

DISCIPLINARY COUNSEL
v.
WILLIAMS.



ON CERTIFIED REPORT by the Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline of the Supreme Court, No. 11-011.

Per curiam.

[Until this opinion appears in the Ohio Official Reports advance sheets, it may be cited as Disciplinary Counsel v. Williams, Slip Opinion No. 2011-Ohio-5163.

NOTICE

This slip opinion is subject to formal revision before it is published in an advance sheet of the Ohio Official Reports. Readers are requested to promptly notify the Reporter of Decisions, Supreme Court of Ohio, 65 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215, of any typographical or other formal errors in the opinion, in order that corrections may be made before the opinion is published.

SLIP OPINION NO. 2011-Ohio-5163

[Until this opinion appears in the Ohio Official Reports advance sheets, it may be cited as Disciplinary Counsel v. Williams,

Slip Opinion No. 2011-Ohio-5163.]

Attorneys--Misconduct--Two life sentences for child rape--Respondent is disbarred.

Submitted August 8, 2011

{¶1} Respondent, Joseph Norman Williams, who is currently incarcerated at the Mansfield Correctional Institution, Attorney Registration No. 0037392, was admitted to the practice of law in Ohio in 1986.

{¶2} We suspended Williams from the practice of law in December 2003 for failing to meet the continuing legal education ("CLE") requirements of Gov.Bar X, and in December 2005 for failing to comply with attorney-registration requirements. In re Continuing Legal Edn. Suspension of Williams, 100 Ohio St.3d 1516, 2003-Ohio-6494, 800 N.E.2d 34; In re Attorney Registration Suspension of Williams, 107 Ohio St.3d 1431, 2005-Ohio-6408, 838 N.E.2d 671.

Those suspensions remain in effect.*fn1

{¶3} On October 12, 2010, we imposed an interim felony suspension on Williams and referred the matter to Disciplinary Counsel for investigation and commencement of disciplinary proceedings. In re Williams, 126 Ohio St.3d 1594, 2010-Ohio-4938, 935 N.E.2d 42. As a result of that investigation, relator has filed a complaint alleging that Williams should be permanently disbarred from the practice of law in Ohio based upon his felony convictions for rape, for which he is currently serving concurrent life sentences.

{ΒΆ4} Although Williams responded to one of relator's letters of inquiry, maintaining that he was innocent of the crimes for which he was convicted, he has not filed an answer or otherwise participated in this disciplinary action. Relator moved for default pursuant to Gov.Bar R. V(6)(F). A master commissioner appointed by the Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline reviewed the evidence, made findings of misconduct and conclusions of law, and recommended that respondent be permanently ...


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