Court Denies Petition for Reinstatement

The Tennessee Supreme Court ruled today that Williamson County attorney Walter Ray Culp III is not entitled to reinstatement of his law license, which was suspended in 2006 after he pleaded guilty to the federal crime of attempted extortion. The court suspended Culp after he was convicted of trying to broker the testimony of a civil trial witness for a multimillion-dollar fee. Culp petitioned the court to lift the suspension but a hearing panel of the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility ruled against it. Culp then appealed to the Williamson County Chancery Court, which affirmed the hearing panel’s decision. On further review, the Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the trial court. Download the court’s opinion.

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